Into the Forest: Watching a Wild Deer Feeding in the German Alps

Every winter, officials in the German state of Bavaria organize feedings for wild deer — much to the delight of the animals and the spectators.

Sitting on the wooden benches of a rustic shelter, our group waited patiently. We shivered quietly and watched for signs of life in the frosted forest before us. It was twilight, and we had come to watch a feeding of wild deer in the Graswang Valley in the German state of Bavaria. These feeding sessions, called Wildtierfütterung in German, are a popular local tradition, and just one example of Germany’s penchant for respecting the environment

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