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McCall will consider ordinance to prevent feeding wildlife

McCall City Council is considering an ordinance that would change how residents and guests alike interact with wildlife.

The Department of Fish and Game and the McCall Police Department presented an ordinance to city council that would prohibit feeding wildlife within the city. Songbirds are the only non-domestic animal exception.

The departments listed two key reasons for the ordinance — the growth of deer in the city has caused nuances such as traffic hazards and increased complaints surrounding property damage and wildlife can bring more predators such as mountain lions into town.

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Fish and Game’s Wildlife Manager, Regan Berkley, told the council the department will make a “good faith effort” to relocate as many deer as they can. According to Berkley, there could be an exotic lice outbreak among the deer in the city. Because of this, veterinarians will examine the deers before relocation. And if a deer has lice, relocation will not happen as they want to keep other deer healthy.

The city would enforce the ordinance through education. However, repeat offenders may receive fines or misdemeanor charges. Additional information about the ordinance is available here.

City council is planning to review a draft and hear more details regarding the wildlife ordinance during the June 10 meeting. For questions surrounding the proposed ordinance call 208-634-7144 and for questions about health and relocation call 208-634-8137.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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