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It's now illegal to feed pigeons in Phoenix

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A photo of a Phoenix resident shows a flock of pigeons on the roof of a neighbor. (Photo: City of Phoenix)

Hundreds of pigeons perched on the neighboring rooftops. Excrement covering the yards of neighbors. Community parks covered with birds.

These are just some of the scenes described by Phoenix residents who claim that their neighbors feed pigeons and attracting nuisance birds en masse to their neighborhoods.

Residents came to Phoenix City Council on Wednesday to urge the city council to pass a new ban on the feeding of wild pigeons – a request the council has accepted.

Before the council's decision, the city regulated only the keeping of pigeons and not their feeding.

In large numbers, pigeons can be carriers of diseases. Their waste is acidic and can damage vehicle paint. They give off an unpleasant odor.

"Once you have them, it's very difficult to get rid of the pigeons," said City Councilor Thelda Williams earlier this year.

How would the prescription work?

The city will apply the new order if it receives signed complaints from three separate households.

"(The obligation of three complaints) would reduce the possibility that neighbors would use it as a tool of harassment against each other," said the director of neighborhood services, Spencer Self, at the same time. a meeting of the subcommittee.

The penalties for feeding wild birds will be the same as those imposed on the city for other nuisance offenses: a minimum fine of $ 150 with a cap of $ 2,500. An offender can be charged criminally or criminally.

Follow the example of Tempe

Pigeons, April 27, 2016 at Lake Tempe Town. (Photo: Mark Henle / The Republic)

Last summer, Tempe added that feeding wild birds was considered a "harmful" crime, which motivated locals to seek similar regulation in Phoenix.

Williams said that a resident had sent her nightmarish photos of a rooftop in her pigeon-covered neighborhood, pushing her to work on the prescription.

MORE: The people of Tempe should think twice before feeding the birds

"I do not want to stop people from feeding the wild birds, but it's odious and I certainly would not want that every day," Williams said at the meeting, referring to the resident's photo.

Williams said she spoke to the resident in complaint, who thinks that the problem of pigeons in her neighborhood is the result of the neighborhood of a neighbor who feeds the birds.

Williams said that the resident had told her that she had pigeon droppings all over her house and garden every day.

"I think it's a health problem besides being a nuisance," Williams said.

In large numbers, pigeons can be carriers of diseases. Their waste is acidic and can damage vehicle paint. They give off an unpleasant odor. (Photo: Getty Images)

Reach the reporter to jessica.boehm@gannett.com or 480-694-1823. Follow her on Twitter @jboehm_NEWS.

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