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North Las Vegas to consider ban on feeding pigeons

Updated December 5, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Feeding wild pigeons could soon be illegal in North Las Vegas.

An ordinance introduced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting is aimed at beefing up the city’s animal laws. The proposed update includes language that would make it illegal to feed wild pigeons on private and public property.

If adopted, the new pigeon feeding restrictions will bring North Las Vegas’ municipal code in line with those of other local jurisdictions.

Las Vegas adopted a law banning pigeon feeding in 2018, and Clark County made it illegal to feed the birds in 2017. Henderson also has a law banning the feeding of pigeons.

According to Wednesday’s agenda, the city has frequently received complaints about the feeding of pigeons in residential areas, resulting in lingering birds. The birds pose a health hazard, according to the city.

North Las Vegas’ proposed update would also criminalize the failure to provide the animals a person owns with food, water or veterinary care. It would require proper shelter for animals kept outside.

Violation of the proposed law could result in up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both a fine and jail time.

The council is scheduled to vote on the proposal during its Dec. 16 meeting.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

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