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Feeding deer, other wildlife in Kenora will cost you dearly

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It will soon cost you a $500 fine if you feed the deer in Kenora.

And don't even think about feeding Canada geese or seagulls - the same bylaw which will prevent feeding deer in this northwestern Ontario city also cover those animals and other wildlife.

Mayor Len Compton said the bylaw -- which was approved by Kenora's city council on Monday night -- covers all wildlife and is necessary because all the wildlife is causing a nuisance in the community.

"We've had many people complaining," Mayor Compton said.

"They get upset when their lilies and crocuses come up and they get eaten right away by deer.

"And when the deer come in the town, the wolves follow them. Last year we had a few sightings of wolves close to town. We don't want that."

The mayor admits many activities people do - having gardens or fruit trees - encourage wildlife like deer to come into the city looking for easy food, but he said that's not what the bylaw is for.

"We have a problem on our waterfront with people feeding the geese," he said, adding the amount of feces produced by the geese becomes a problem.

The bylaw will go into abeyance if the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources starts a feeding program during times when deer are starving.

As well, while bird feeders are legal, they have to be hung at a certain height.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 14, 2008 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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