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(A) Policy and purpose. Waterfowl waste deposited near bodies of water or within the watershed can have deleterious effects upon the environmental conditions within those bodies of water. In addition, such waste from waterfowl and nuisance wildlife may spread bacteria, viruses and parasites causing illness and disease. By enactment of this section, the City Council intends to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city from such effects.
(B) Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
NUISANCE WILDLIFE. Includes wildlife that is commonly considered aggressive, dangerous or the carriers of rabies, viruses, diseases and parasites, and includes wildlife such as, but not limited to, raccoons, foxes, opossums and coyotes. NUISANCE WILDLIFE excludes non-aggressive wildlife such as, but not limited to songbirds, squirrels and rabbits or any small animal kept on residential property as authorized by a special written permit issued by the City Council pursuant to § 90.04(B).
WATERFOWL. Includes, but is not limited to, geese, ducks and sea gulls.
(C) Feeding prohibited. No person may feed waterfowl or nuisance wildlife on private or public property in the city or place or permit to be placed on the ground, shoreline, body of water or structure any food, food by-products, garbage or animal food, which may reasonably be expected to intentionally result in waterfowl or nuisance wildlife feeding.
(D) Exceptions. The prohibition against feeding waterfowl or nuisance wildlife shall not apply to the following:
(1) Veterinarians who have custody of or manage waterfowl;
(2) Persons who, acting within the scope and course of their employment with any governmental entity, have custody of or manage waterfowl or nuisance wildlife;
(3) Persons who are trapping or taking waterfowl or nuisance wildlife where such trapping or taking is authorized pursuant to a permit issued by the State Department of Natural Resources; and
(4) Educational facilities.
(E) Penalties. Violations of this section may result in a written warning from the city or in an administrative citation, pursuant to § 10.98.