Hempstead - (WALK) Town of Hempstead residents face a flock of fines if found guilty of stuffing local pigeons and migratory water fowl.
The Hempstead Town Board voted unanimously (7- 0) to adopt a resolution limiting excessive feeding of fowl in an attempt to protect residential neighborhoods, waterways and properties from damage caused by birds and bird-droppings. The bill does not apply to residents placing bird feeders on their personal property, according to town officials.
"Overfeeding in residential neighborhoods and near waterways results in attracting huge numbers of 'nuisance birds' to areas where neighbors live, work and raise their families," said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.
The new law defines "feeding" as distribution that attracts at least 10 birds (pigeons, ducks and geese) on at least three days during a 15-day period. Fines range from $1,000 for a first offense, $2,500 for a second violation and as much as $5,000 for a third strike, according to a town spokesman.
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