[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mill Neck 2-7-2011 by L.L. No. 2-2011. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mill Neck finds that artificial feeding of waterfowl is actually harmful to these animals and can cause: poor nutrition; increased hybridization; water pollution, beach closures and contamination of shellfish growing areas; delayed natural migration; high concentrations of waterfowl at unnatural sites; overcrowding; spread of disease; costly management efforts; unnatural behavior and cumulative negative environmental impacts in the Village.
Unless otherwise expressly stated in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- DOMESTIC WATERFOWL
- Those species of birds commonly known as white ducks, barnyard geese, Muscovy ducks and other geese and ducks bred by man but not any other waterfowl falling under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and/or the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Shall mean to give, place, expose, deposit, distribute, or scatter any edible material with the intention of feeding, attracting, or enticing migratory or domestic waterfowl.
- MIGRATORY WATERFOWL
- Those species of birds commonly known as swans, geese, and ducks, and any other waterfowl falling under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Any individual, company, partnership, corporation, limited partnership, joint venture, or other legal entity.
- VILLAGE PROPERTY
- Any land which is owned, maintained, leased, or managed by the Village of Mill Neck for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to parks, preserves, beaches and drains.
No person shall feed or provide food for any domestic or migratory waterfowl on Village property at any time of the year.
A violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100, nor more than $500. Any subsequent violation occurring within five years of the date of such first violation shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $250, nor more then $750.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to property owned by or under the jurisdiction of other municipal authorities, the State of New York, and any agency thereof, or the government of the United States of America.