As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 26 October 2012

City Council passes bird feeding ban

CHEYENNE -- Signs have long been in place in city parks telling people not to feed birds.

Now, it's no longer a suggestion; it's a law.

On Monday night, the Cheyenne City Council gave final approval to an ordinance that prohibits feeding geese and ducks on any city-owned or city-operated property within city limits.

In an 8-2 vote, the City Council approved the feeding ban. There was no discussion from the public or from council members.

After the meeting, Councilman Jimmy Valdez, who along with Councilman Don Pierson voted against the ordinance, said he thought there was a better way to control the bird population.

“A life is a life … no matter what it is,” he said, and he believes the ban will result in birds dying.

He said he’s not a vegetarian, but he sees a distinction between eating animals and the deaths he expects will result from the council’s action.

During previous presentations to the City Council, Todd Feezer, assistant director of parks and recreation, said any efforts to control the population need to start with a feeding ban.

Valdez also said the punishment for violating the ordinance doesn’t make sense.

Those who violate the law can be issued a written warning or cited. Those cited will face a fine of $10-$25.

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