Hamilton's Regulate the Feeding of Wildlife By-law 12-130 states that you may not feed wildlife.
Dangers of feeding wildlife
- You will attract unwanted animals to your home and neighbourhood.
- Animals associate humans with food and do not hunt for their natural food. They can become more aggressive.
- Human food is unhealthy for wildlife and may cause disease, injury or death.
- Wildlife gather in unnaturally large groups around food, such as bird feeders. This spreads parasites and disease.
If you feed wildlife, fines of up to $10,000 for your first time and up to $25,000 for a subsequent conviction are possible.
You can feed birds if:
- The bird is on your property.
- You do not let bird poop pile up.
- It does not disturb your neighbours.
Waterfowl such as ducks or geese are wildlife. You cannot feed them.
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