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Chapter 10. Public Peace and Good Order

Sec. 10-42. Feeding of Deer Prohibited

(1) Feeding of Deer Prohibited.  It shall be unlawful to feed deer in the City of Marshfield through the placement of any salt, mineral, grain, fruit or vegetable material outdoors on any public or private property.

  1. Definition of Deer Feeding. The following acts shall constitute unlawful deer feeding:
    1. The placement of salt, mineral, grain, fruit or vegetable material in an aggregate quantity of more than one-half gallon at a height of less than 7 feet above the ground.
    2. The placement of salt, mineral, grain, fruit or vegetable material in an aggregate quantity of more than one-half gallon in a drop feeder, automatic feeder or similar device regardless of the height of the grain, fruit or vegetable material above the ground.
    3. Any other method of placing salt, mineral, grain, fruit or vegetable material out of doors, or allowing salt, mineral, grain, fruit or vegetable materials to remain out of doors for consumption by deer.
    4. Any feeder placed 50 feet or more from any deeded residence.
  2. Exception.  This section shall not apply to the following situations:
    1. Hunting.  The placement of bait for the purpose of hunting deer subject to all other laws, ordinances, rules and regulations governing hunting and the discharge of hunting weapons.
    2. Naturally Growing Materials.  Naturally growing grain, fruit or vegetable material, including gardens.
    3. Compost.  Compost shall be defined as a mixture of various decaying organic substances which shall be predominately comprised of, but not necessarily limited to, dead leaves, grass, tree and shrub chippings and trimmings and other forms of usual and customary lawn/yard/garden waste and may incidentally include minimal quantites of grain, fruit or vegetable material.
    4. Wildwood Zoo.  Feeding deer legally confined within Wildwood Zoo, licensed deer farms and all other similarly licensed facilities.
    5. Bird Feeders.  Unmodified commerically purchased bird feeders or their equivalent.
    6. Authorized by the Common Council.  Deer feeding may be authorized on a temporary basis by the Common Council for a specific purpose as determined by the Common Council.

(2) Penalties.  Any person who shall violate any provision of this section shall be subject to a penalty as provided below.  A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day on which a violation of this chapter occurs or continues.

  1. First Offense.  Shall be not less than $30, nor more than $100, plus court costs and the costs of prosecution;
  2. Second/Subsequent Offense.  Committed within one year shall be not less than $100, nor more than $500, plus court costs and the costs of prosecution;
  3. As additional penalties, the court may impose upon any person who violates this section, all costs of abating the nuisance, including costs incurred by City employees, agents, and contractors.

(Ord. No. 1082, 1, 11-14-2006)