Thursday, October 25, 2012

Don't Feed the Deer, Skunks, Racoons, and Others

The Wildwood City Council is set to vote Monday, Oct. 22, on final approval for legislation which would ban the feeding of deer, Canada geese, ducks or any migratory waterfowl within the city limits. If approved, the law would become effective Jan. 31.

The law is based on legislation enacted by Ballwin. Chesterfield and Clarkson Valley have similar ordinances.

The law was proposed in response to residents' concerns about an increasing deer population and damage caused by the animals.

"A Missouri Department of Conservation representative has recommended a 'no-feed ordinance' as a means to reduce deer impacts on property," Public Works Director Ryan Thomas said.

"And, since many of us have experienced the effects of Canada geese, we feel feeding them, too, should be highly discouraged."

The proposed law calls for fines of up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail for each violation.
While Thomas said police could enforce the law if they find evidence a resident or property owner is feeding wildlife, most enforcement would likely come about through neighbors' complaints.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Quit turning everything into a crime! Discouraging something is not the same as making something illegal! Bureaucrates won't be happy until they completely control every action people make. They are set on turning everyone into a criminal.