BY COUNCILOR NESS:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That Section 6-78 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 6-78. Feeding of pigeons or deer prohibited.
(a) Feeding of pigeons or deer. Except for operation of the Duluth zoo and its programs, feeding a wild deer on publicly-owned or occupied, or publicly-controlled, land is prohibited. Feeding of a wild deer or allowing one or more of them to be fed on one’s privately-owned or occupied property is prohibited within the city;. No person shall feed a nondomesticated pigeon, nor place feed in a place or manner that a reasonable person would expect to result in feeding a nondomesticated pigeon, in any area of the city that is not in a district zoned suburban (or its successor designation), as set out in Chapter 50, Article VII, or its successor, of Duluth City Code, except in a designated feeding area of a city park. This Section does not apply to domesticated pigeons such as those kept for racing, entertainment performances or agricultural purposes.
(b) Enforcement. Any employee or agent of the city who is authorized to cite another for violation of Duluth City Code and any peace officer is authorized to enforce this ordinance;
(c) Penalty. The minimum fine for a violation of Section 6-78, or its successor, shall be $50.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Citizens have complained to the council about the adverse effects of the large number of pigeons in residential areas. This ordinance will prohibit feeding pigeons and thereby help control their numbers and location.