[Tweeters] Legality of feeding crows?

Kevin Purcell kevinpurcell at pobox.com
Tue Jun 21 13:21:36 PDT 2016


There is no Seattle ordinance prohibiting feeding of animals or birds.

http://clerk.seattle.gov/~public/cbor1.htm <http://clerk.seattle.gov/~public/cbor1.htm>

There is no Washington State law (Revised Code of Washington) prohibiting the feeding of birds

http://search.leg.wa.gov/search.aspx#document&searchQuery=&searchBase=RCW&exec=false <http://search.leg.wa.gov/search.aspx#document&searchQuery=&searchBase=RCW&exec=false>

There is nothing in Chapter 77.15 RCW - FISH AND WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT CODE about this.

I rather doubt the feeding of birds is a Federal issue :-)

So, AFAICT, there is no prohibition on feeding crows or other birds in public places (parks and water reservoirs may prohibit feeding ducks but you weren't in a park or at a reservoir).

I even think I've heard John Marzluff talk about this (feeding crows in urban areas has little impact on their population as they're not food limited in urban areas ... there is already plenty of discarded food that they make use of).

As Rick says when anyone says something "about the law" get the to cite that law ignore them. The info is just a smartphone and a browser search away ....


> On Jun 20, 2016, at 10:17 AM, Rick Tyler <rhtyler at gmail.com> wrote:

>

> Proving a negative is very difficult. How about, "can you point me to the law to which you are referring?"

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> On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser <whitney.n.k at gmail.com <mailto:whitney.n.k at gmail.com>> wrote:

> Hi, everyone. Today I encountered someone on the UW Campus who told me, "It's against the law" to feed peanuts to crows.

>

> Does anyone know whether or not this is true?

>

> Thanks much,

> Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser

> whitney.n.k at gmail.com <mailto:whitney.n.k at gmail.com>

> Seattle

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