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Officials want to make it illegal to feed ducks at Costa Mesa pond

December 5, 2010 |  8:39 am

The Costa Mesa City Council wants to make it illegal to feed ducks, fish and other wildlife in or around the lake at TeWinkle Park. Officials say all the feeding is polluting and damaging the park, requiring thousands of dollars in cleanup and repair costs.

The ordinance is scheduled to come back to the City Council on Tuesday for a second and final vote before adoption. Officials said crumbs of bread and other leftovers are considered unhealthy for fowl and can domesticate otherwise wild birds, making them reliant on humans for food.

Councilwoman Katrina Foley plans to encourage her colleagues to stop short of an outright ban on feeding the ducks and wants to find a creative way to maintain the park and keep it clean. "I'm against creating a law that makes little kids out with their parents feeding the ducks … disorderly conduct," Foley said.

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Photo: Samson Earn, 20 months, feeds ducks at TeWinkle Memorial Park on Friday. (Kent Treptow / Times Community News / Dec. 4, 2010)