(A)   Except as regulated in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to trap, hunt, shoot or attempt to shoot or molest in any manner any bird or wild fowl, or to rob bird nests or wild fowl nests within the city.
   (B)   Nothing in this section shall prohibit any persons or authorities from seeking permits from the Wildlife Resources Commission to kill any species of bird or animals as provided by G.S. § 113-274, provided that if any birds or animals are committing depredations or about to commit such depredations as set out in G.S. § 113-274(c)(1a), no such permit shall be required, but in lieu thereof, a person over the age of 21 years shall first procure a permit from the Chief of Police and shall use a .22 caliber rifle or .22 caliber pistol with blank or shot cartridges or a shotgun with blank or number eight shot, for firing upon pigeons, black starlings, rats, squirrels or any other pest or rodent. The use of traps or other devices must be approved by the Wildlife Resources Commission or the Chief of Police. The permit shall run for not more than 90 days, and shall authorize firing during daylight hours only, upon the premises owned or occupied by the applicant or with express consent of the property owner, and shall be revocable by the Chief of Police upon violation of its conditions or upon complaint that the permit holder is not exercising his privilege in a careful and prudent manner and with due regard to life and property.
(`90 Code, § 3-5)  (Am. Ord. passed 3-11-13; Am. Ord. passed 3-9-15)  Penalty, see § 92.99
Statutory reference:
   Bird declared "pest," see G.S. § 113-300.2