For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
Contact: Paulette Dean
Many of our board members and shelter staff routinely use the Riverwalk and, as a result,
we are aware of the problem with feces that litters the sidewalk. We are also aware that other
localities have feeding bans. We have studied the issues with interrupting migration patterns, the
dangers of certain types of food, and making wild animals dependent upon humans. The issue is
actually a very complex one, and involves many human emotions.
However, it remains our belief that the waterfowl that have lived around the Riverwalk
have been there for years, and will likely not migrate if people stop feeding them.
Unfortunately, humans have contributed to the problem by abandoning ducks that have been
acquired as gifts when young. We also believe that the danger of having spoiled food to attract
rodents and diseases is a worst case scenario and, in all likelihood, will not happen since the
ducks and geese quickly consume the food.
People enjoy feeding waterfowl, as well as feeding other wild birds and squirrels in
backyard feeders. We do, however, suggest that the proper food be offered.
We also realize that, as humans encroach on wildlife habitats, problems can occur.
Therefore, we support designated areas where feeding can take place. People who would prefer
to stay away from the waterfowl can plan their activities accordingly.