New Jersey town bans feeding wildlife and I’m happy
As much as I love where I live, there is a reason I would love to live in Manchester, New Jersey: They have a final adoption order that would ban the feeding of wild animals. Why am I interested? Because I’m married to someone who thinks all possums, raccoons, and stray cats would starve if she didn’t feed them.
The problem started because she felt sorry for a few stray cats in the neighborhood; we had a neighbor who never fixed his cats and they reproduced frequently. But giving food to cats does not mean that only cats will come to feed; Saw raccoons, possums and groundhogs enjoying a snack on our patio. That doesn’t even include the squirrels that use the bird feeder. Although, I have to admit, after the cats started to appear, the number of squirrels dropped quite dramatically.
We even called in animal control (I wasn’t the one who called, but I had thought about it) and they trapped a few cats, although it hardly affected the population. I kept waiting for them to come back and finish the job, but they never did, at least not until we left Jackson.
According to Patch.com, the Manchester ordinance updates an existing law that prohibits feeding feral cats, except those in a managed colony.
The proposed order would result in a warning for a first offense, with fines of up to $ 500 for subsequent offenses.
Many cities have ordinances that prohibit feeding wildlife in public parks, but do not cover private homes.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.
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