Cedar Rapids bans feeding of wildlife

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Wildlife in Cedar Rapids may have to work a little harder for their meals as the city posts signs publicizing an ordinance that bans feeding of wild animals.

The city says in a news release Tuesday that signs will be posted along the Cedar River and other waterways throughout Cedar Rapids.

The City Council approved an ordinance in May requiring that people not feed wild animals or waterfowl.

There will be a 30-day grace period beginning Oct. 1. After that, the penalty will be $75 for the first violation, $150 for the second and $300 for a third in a calendar year.

An exception will be made for animals at Old McDonald’s Farm in Bever Park.

Officials say feeding wildlife hurts the animals and can cause public health problems.

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