Town of Mamaroneck, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mamaroneck 10-11-1995 by L.L. No. 11-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 58.
Conservation areas — See Ch. 77.
This chapter shall be known as "Prohibition Against Feeding Waterfowl."
The Town Board finds that the increase in the population of waterfowl in the Town has caused conditions within the Town which are disturbing to Town residents in their homes and in public places. The substantial number of waterfowl in the Town and particularly on Town property, which is reserved for public use, has caused an excessive amount of droppings to accumulate. Further, the large numbers of waterfowl have become aggressive in their actions towards individuals and particularly small children. All of this has resulted in the inability of the residents of the Town to fully enjoy and utilize Town conservation and recreation facilities. Further, because of the increasing population of waterfowl, these conditions have begun to affect private property as well.
The Board finds, based upon extensive investigation, the feeding of waterfowl by humans tends to increase the number of waterfowl in areas where the feeding has taken place and interferes with the animal's natural feeding, growth and migratory processes. It provides additional sources of food for the waterfowl not found naturally and allows relatively small areas to support increasingly large numbers of waterfowl. The Board further finds that this situation adversely affects the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Mamaroneck.
As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
The placing of any food substance on Town property within 100 feet of any waterfowl.
Canada Geese, ducks and other fowl commonly found in and around bodies of water.
It shall be unlawful for any person to feed waterfowl on any publicly owned land.
Any violation of this chapter shall be considered an offense punishable as follows:
For the first offense, a fine of not less than $25, nor more than $200.
For the second and any subsequent offense, a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250 and/or imprisonment of up to 15 days.