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Signs Warn Against Feeding Animals

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Let the wildlife in Cedar Rapids find their own food.  That's the warning from city leaders on a new set of signs going up at area trails and parks.
   The signs are going up after a new city ordinance was approved banning the feeding of wild animals.  Officials say it could cause public health problems and is a safety hazard.
   The city says many have complained about ducks and geese getting too close to people using the walkways and trails.
  "We want to make a more vibrant community so that we can enjoy the bicycle lane, ampitheatre, walking at lunch, be a healthier community, but you want to avoid all that goose poo," Said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin of the Cedar Rapids Police Department.  "And so when we feed them the animals will come back."
   There will be a 30-day grace period before fines kick in.
   On October 1st, the penalty will be a fine of $75 for the first violation, $100 for the second and $300 for the third violation in one calendar year.
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