Town of Braintree, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Braintree 12-7-2010 by Ord. No. 10-038 (former Ch. 6.08 of the Town Bylaws, derived from prior code Ch. 64, adopted STM 5-4-1992 by Art. 9). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animal Control Officer — See Ch. 2.505.
Animal Inspector — See Ch. 2.510.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 6.100.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
The placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering, directly or indirectly, of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain, bread, salt, or any other feed or nutritive substances, in any manner or form, so as to constitute for such birds a lure, attraction or enticement to, on or over any such areas where such feed items have been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered.
No person, except the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his agent or designee, as authorized pursuant to MGL c. 131, shall feed or bait any waterfowl of the family Anatidae (including but not restricted to ducks, geese, gulls and swans) on any property within or abutting Sunset Lake, the Braintree Municipal Golf Course, or any other Town park, waterfront, school or recreational property.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the feeding of domesticated waterfowl, as defined by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, or the feeding by any person or his agents, invitees or licensees of waterfowl lawfully kept as a pet by that person.
Notwithstanding any of the above, the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his agent or designee may authorize the emergency feeding of waterfowl and other birds when in his/her opinion such action is necessary in order to alleviate undue losses and suffering of such birds due to unusual weather conditions and other circumstances. The Director may authorize such action by such means as he deems necessary and expedient, but such means shall include the immediate notification of the Mayor thereof by first-class mail.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of $50 for each offense thereof. Violations of this chapter may be enforced pursuant to Chapter 1.08 of the Town Ordinances. This chapter may be enforced by police officers, the Animal Control Officer, agents of the Health Department, environmental police officers and other enforcement officers of the Division of Law Enforcement, and by deputy environmental police officers.