NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. — It’s against the law in North Arlington to feed the geese and borough health officials are reminding residents to stop the practice in an effort to prevent the waterfowl population from congregating in the community.
Canadian geese in particular have grown in population, and create a nuisance to people wishing to use parks and public spaces. The birds are also hazardous to cars forced to stop suddenly when the geese unexpectedly cross busy streets.
The accumulation of droppings from these animals can result in damage to flora, fauna and property. Droppings can also negatively affect water quality, and increase the potential spread of disease, health department officials said.
North Arlington Board of Health Ordinance #2010-01 indicates the feeding of wildlife or stray animals is prohibited, and anyone found to be in violation is subject to a fine.
The ordinance also serves to protect the welfare of the birds themselves, as wildlife studies have shown that feeding waterfowl and migratory birds can interrupt their normal migration patterns, causing nutritional problems and promoting the spread of bird diseases, according to the North Arlington Health Department.
Call 201-955-5695 for more information.
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