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Chillicothe Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Wildlife Feeding in Public Spaces


CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – In a move aimed at preserving local ecosystems and safeguarding public health, the city of Chillicothe voted on Tuesday to enact an ordinance making it illegal to feed wildlife in public spaces within city limits.

The ordinance, which was passed following discussions in previous committee meetings, highlights concerns that feeding wildlife on public lands can disrupt natural migration patterns and lead to the establishment of residency in the area. Specifically, the feeding of waterfowl has been identified as a potentially harmful practice, posing risks to both the birds and the environment.

During deliberations, it was underscored that feeding waterfowl, particularly with items like bread, can have adverse effects on their health and behavior. Bread, lacking in essential nutrients, acts as a filler in their diet, potentially causing malnutrition and dependency on human-provided food sources. Furthermore, large groups of waterfowl congregating in public spaces can increase the risk of disease transmission and environmental issues such as erosion and water pollution.

Yoctangee Park, one of Chillicothe’s most popular parks, is expected to be a primary focus of the legislation, as it often attracts significant numbers of waterfowl. The ordinance aims to discourage the feeding of waterfowl in the park and promote awareness about the importance of maintaining natural habitats.

Wildlife experts caution against the practice of feeding ducks and geese, citing various concerns, including duckling malnutrition, overcrowding, pollution, and the attraction of pests. While bread may seem like a harmless treat, its consumption by waterfowl can have far-reaching consequences for their health and the surrounding ecosystem.

As part of the ordinance, residents are urged to refrain from feeding wildlife, particularly in areas where waterfowl are known to congregate. Instead, efforts should be made to preserve natural habitats and promote responsible interaction with local wildlife.

The passing of this ordinance reflects Chillicothe’s commitment to environmental stewardship and underscores the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitats for future generations. Through community awareness and cooperation, residents can play a vital role in preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of their city.

Sciotoposts Kevin Coleman helped in this report