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Day: January 8, 2021

BROWNVILLE, Maine (WABI) – A non-profit organization in Brownville that’s become a bit of an international sensation could use some help to keep it that way.

This is Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer.

They supplement the diets of their local four legged friends to help them get through winter.

Their YouTube page has 6 channels with more than 40 thousand followers.

The manager of the pantry says they have followers from 118 countries and reach more than 100 thousand people a day.

But, they rely on donations to pay for the grain that comes from Lee, Maine, and those have been slow to come in this year.

“This has been going on for decades in this town, and Brownville junction hopefully we can get enough money to keep this going and feed the deer every winter for decades to come,” said manager Richard McMahon.

If you would like help them with a donation, here is a link to their Facebook page with all their information.

Also, here a link to check out those deer on YouTube.

BROWNVILLE – A local man is continuing a decades long initiative of feeding deer but now is looking for a little help to keep it going.

“They come back every year, the same deer, and they bring more babies, and then the babies bring babies, so it’s a good thing,” said Richard McMahon, who manages Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer.

Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer is a non-profit organization that has been feeding deer in the area for decades.

12 years ago, McMahon began managing it.

“We’ve destroyed their habitat. They have no habitat left. There’s no predator control, and the hard winters are hard on them,” McMahon said. “This seems to, the supplemental feeding helps.”

Each morning, McMahon dumps 450 pounds of grain into his “oatmobile” to deliver to the deer.

“I have a side by side that my boy put an apparatus on the back, which I can sit inside and just put buttons in,” McMahon said. “The feed goes out automatically.”

McMahon said much of the expenses are paid for through donations.

“In the last two years, the donations have taken care of the grain,” McMahon said. “We’ve got a lot of other expenses, but every year, we’re getting bigger and better.”

People travel from all over to watch the deer from the roadway.

“I’ve been seeing their videos on Facebook,” Clay Swett, a Canton resident said. “The Brownville Food Pantry, they do a live video all the time, and I like watching it.”

McMahon said they get thousands of viewers online as well.

“Facebook is on for six hours a day,” McMahon said. I recommend YouTube. It’s 1080p it’s on 24 hours a day. We have six channels to choose from.”

McMahon said the best time to see the deer is between 3 p.m. and dusk from the street located at 6 Rips Road in Brownville.

To see the livestreams, visit Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer on Facebook or YouTube.

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