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.