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Big Horn Ram In Bailey Dies After Eating Food Provided By Humans

BAILEY, Colo. (CBS4) - A big horn ram has died in Bailey as a result of people providing it food, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed the death with CBS4 and reminds people not to feed big game animals such as deer, elk, moose and big horn sheep because their digestive systems are specialized for natural food sources. When they eat food that's not suited for their digestives systems they can died within a few days.

The food not suited for them includes food for livestock.

"I try to encourage people to learn about wildlife in their neighborhood and channel that feeding energy into helping shelter pets," Churchill said in a statement.

"This is an ongoing issue with all types of wildlife, including bears getting into trash. Across the board -- digestion, influencing migration or habitats, disease transmission -- animals are negatively affected," Mike Porras with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

It's illegal to feed wildlife in Colorado, which could result in tickets and fines.

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