Penticton and South Okanagan
Fine for feeding pigeons
Oct 23, 2013 / 3:45 pm
People could face a fine of $100 for feeding pigeons in the city of Penticton.
Council, on Monday, voted unanimously to amend its Good Neighbour Bylaw in order to regulate nuisances and health risks created by the birds.
"There's too many of them and they are messy," said Councillor Helena Konanz. "So we want to get the word out not to feed them or encourage them in any way in Penticton."
Staff suggested the amendment after receiving an increasing number of complaints regarding the feeding and roosting of the birds in the city.
According to Anthony Haddad, director of development services, at times the feeding of pigeons on one property can adversely affect the enjoyment of neighbouring public places or properties.
There is also no specific reference in city bylaws that makes reference to feeding or roosting of pigeons on private property. Currently the waterfowl abatement nuisance bylaw only references feeding waterfowl on parks or on any highway.
The amendment will assist bylaw enforcement staff in dealing with pigeons that defecate on property, things or persons, pigeons roosting, landing or nesting on property or birds which cause any interference with the normal use or enjoyment of a property.
Konanz acknowledges that the $100 fine is high, but feels it is necessary in this case.
"If it doesn't sting, people won't pay attention," she said.
The matter is now forwarded to the Nov. 4 council meeting for adoption.
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