The purpose of this article is to prohibit the feeding of unconfined wildlife in any public park, private deed restricted (e.g., open space, greenbelt, conservation) area or on any other property owned or operated by the Township of West Windsor, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for failure to comply.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- To give, place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter any edible material with the intention of feeding, attracting or enticing wildlife. Feeding does not include baiting in the legal taking of fish and/or game.
- All animals that are neither human nor domesticated.
No person shall feed any wildlife in any public park, private deed restricted (e.g., open space, greenbelt, conservation) area or on any other property owned or operated by the Township of West Windsor, excluding confined wildlife (for example, wildlife confined in zoos, parks or rehabilitation centers, or unconfined wildlife at environmental facilities and education centers).
A licensed Animal Control Officer, Public Health Official or other designated official, under the direction of the Health Officer or Chief of Police, may be exempt from the prohibition of wildlife feeding when such activities are conducted for the purpose of health and welfare.
This article shall be enforced either by the Police or the Animal Control Officer of the Township of West Windsor.
Any person found to be in violation of this article shall be ordered to cease the feeding immediately.