Prohibiting the Feeding of Wild Animals and Waterfowl Because of the threat of rabies and the threat to the health and safety of all Township residents, an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of wildlife was passed by the Township.
The feeding of wildlife is extremely disruptive to the natural feeding habits of wildlife; while people enjoy handing out food, the action is detrimental to the animals.
The intentional feeding of wildlife not only attracts predators, feeding wildlife can result in wildlife being concentrated at artificial feeding areas, making them more susceptible to disease transmission.
Feeding wildlife puts it on a collision course with humans. Deer (and other animals) who approach humans and eat from their hands are not tame; they are bold. Deer have razor-sharp hooves and antlers, and can severely injure or kill a human with a strike.
Animals used to being fed become habituated to human-provided food & alter their foraging behavior.
Animals fed by humans are drawn into heavy traffic areas seeking handouts, and are killed by vehicles, or cause accidents killing humans.
Pets can become involved in altercations with wildlife. Dogs especially can get into conflicts with possibly sick wildlife and become injured or diseased.
Article IV Feeding Wild Animals and Waterfowl (Board of Health Legislation/Animals)