A squirrel in Central Park

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City considering outlawing feeding animals in parks

March 12, 2019 - 11:08 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The Parks Department is proposing a rule that would ban feeding any animals in parks.

It is currently illegal to feed any animals except for squirrels and some birds, including pigeons, but the new rule would include those animals as well, and denote feeding an “abuse of park animals.”

A parks department spokesperson said both that the rule will enhance the cleanliness of the parks and that the food left attracts rodents.

One park-goer defended feeding squirrels to 1010 WINS, saying, “It’s kind of, you know, human, to feed the squirrels, things like that. I understand.”

Another Central Park visitor was more lukewarm on the practice, saying, “If they’re having a picnic, they attack you and sometimes like steal your food.”

A spokesperson told CBS2 that the department will review comments on the rule and make a decision in the summer.