Feeding nuisance animals off limits in Victoria

City council gives nod to ban that includes feeding birds downtown

Feeding seagulls and other birds in downtown Victoria is now officially prohibited

With provincial blessing in hand, the City of Victoria council has adopted new bylaws prohibiting people from feeding a variety of animals.

Last February, council gave first nod to prohibition on feeding gulls, crows and pigeons in the downtown core, as well as racoons, squirrels and feral rabbits anywhere in the city.

One snag held up the animal control bylaw, however. While municipalities have been given jurisdiction over most nuisance species, gulls require special permission due to their inclusion in the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act.

On Nov. 1, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations gave Victoria’s proposed feeding ban the thumbs up. Council passed the bylaw Dec. 13.

Violators face a $125 fine for feeding most prohibited animals on the list – or $350 for feeding racoons or deer.

The fine won’t be the first line of defence, however.

“Our goal is to educate the public,” said Mark Hayden, Victoria’s manager of bylaw and licensing services. “This isn’t an arbitrary thing. There is a rationale behind it.”

Enforcement will be reserved for “individuals that aren’t getting the message for some reason,” he said.

Hayden estimates the city receives between one and two complaints per week during the summer season about people feeding animals.

A ban on feeding deer has been in place for years, but so far, nobody has been ticketed for the offence.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Just Posted

VicPD catches impaired driver near elementary school

Citizens alerted police to driver near James Bay Community School

Victoria’s Belfry Theatre hosts its first ‘relaxed performance’ for a diverse audience

Performance of Every Brilliant Thing is first to pilot the option

Car crash at Quadra and Finalyson Streets affects Saturday traffic

VicPD and the Victoria Fire Department responded

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain

Upper Nicola Band says deal represents a ‘significant step forward’

Most Read