Couple Faces Bird Feeding Fine

Monday, Jun 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:54 AM EDT
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Feeding the birds could result in a fine for one New Jersey couple.

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Trying to feed the birds is for the birds according to neighbors in one town and it could cost a couple.

A New Jersey couple is facing a fine after neighbors complained that their bird feeder is attracting too many animals.

Alfred and Annette Rockefeller are scheduled to appear in court in Ramsey -- near the New York border -- on Tuesday. They could be fined $250 to $500 for violating an ordinance that prohibits feeding wildlife.

Alfred Rockefeller is disabled. The 77-year-old says feeding birds is one of his joys.

Town environmental specialist Leo Egan told The Record newspaper the wire wreath-style feeder filled with peanuts is drawing ducks, deer, geese, squirrels, chipmunks and groundhogs to the neighborhood. The animals are damaging neighbors' gardens.

"The animals don't recognize the yard line between one house and another. There was spillover, and other neighbors had damage to their gardens from the animals. They were putting in expensive plantings and getting them decimated," Egan told the paper.

 


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