It is the intent of this article to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community and its wildlife by prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl and migratory birds within cemeteries, golf courses and Town parks. Feeding the waterfowl increases the potential for damage to cemeteries, golf courses and public parks, may cause water quality problems and may increase the potential for the spread of disease to residents. In addition, it is the intent of this article to protect the welfare of the waterfowl and migratory birds themselves since wildlife studies have shown that the feeding of waterfowl and migratory birds can interrupt their normal migration patterns, cause nutritional problems, increase predation and promote the spread of serious waterfowl/migratory bird diseases such as avian cholera, plague and botulism.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- To place, deposit, scatter or distribute in a location accessible to waterfowl/migratory birds any type of food, including but not limited to corn, wheat or other grains, bread, popcorn, scraps or any substance liable to be eaten by the waterfowl/migratory birds.
- Waterfowl, whether migratory or not, including but not limited to Canada geese and mallard ducks.
No person shall feed or provide food for any waterfowl or migratory birds at any time during the year in the cemeteries, golf courses and Town parks.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
The provisions of this article shall be administered and enforced by the members of the Fishkill Town Police and/or the Animal Control Officer, who shall have the power to issue appearance tickets.