Town of Barnstable, MA
Barnstable County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Barnstable Board of Health 1-20-1987, effective 1-26-1987 (Part XIII of the 1991 Codification as updated through 6-1-1996). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 24.
 — See Ch. .
The purpose of this regulation is the protection of water quality for shellfishing, public swimming and recreational uses from pollution caused by unnatural harborage of waterfowl, due to feeding and baiting by the public.
No person, except the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his agent or designee, as authorized pursuant to Chapter 131 of the General Laws, shall feed or bait, any waterfowl of the family Anatidae (including but not restricted to ducks, geese and swans) at any place within the Town of Barnstable.
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
The placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering, directly or indirectly, of shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain, bread, salt, or any other feed or nutritive substances, in any manner or form, so as to constitute for such birds a lure, attraction, or enticement to, on, or over any such areas where such feed items have been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered.
Nothing in this regulation shall be construed to limit the feeding of domesticated waterfowl, as defined by the Division of Marine Fisheries and Wildlife, by a farmer as defined in § 1A of Chapter 128 on property owned or leased by him, or the feeding of waterfowl or other birds by propagators licensed under § 23 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws when such waterfowl or other birds are confined in such a manner as may be required pursuant to said § 23 and rules and regulations issued under authority thereof; or the feeding by any person or his agents, or licensees of waterfowl lawfully kept as a pet by that person.
Notwithstanding any of the above, the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his agent or designee may authorize the emergency feeding of waterfowl and other birds when, in his opinion, such action is necessary in order to alleviate undue losses and suffering of such birds due to unusual weather conditions and other circumstances. The Director may authorize such action by such means as he deems necessary and expedient, but such means shall include the immediate notification of the Selectmen thereof by first-class mail.
Any person who violates any provision of this regulation shall be subject to a ticketed fine of $25 for each offense thereof.
This regulation may be enforced by police officers, Natural Resource Officers, Shellfish Constables, agents of the Board of Health, Environmental Police Officers, and other enforcement officers of the Division of Law Enforcement and by Deputy Environmental Police Officers.