Proposal may ban feeding of ducks in parks 

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd has introduced legislation that would amend to park code to crack down on behavior at the zoo, but the legislation appears to do something more than just that.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to feed, or offer food or any substance to any animal in any park which is wild by nature and not customarily domesticated in the city and country of San Francisco,” a provision in the proposed legislation says.

It seems the legislation would ban duck feeding in San Francisco parks. In 2007, the Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin successfully passed legislation prohibiting the feeding of the famed wild parrots of Telegraph Hill.

That legislation initially proposed the prohibition of the feeding of all birds in all parks, but Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier objected because she said families should be able to feed ducks in Golden Gate Park. So the provision was removed and specified no feeding of the parrots.

During Monday’s Board Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee, Supervisor John Avalos asked for a clarification of the provision’s impact and wondered if it did in fact prohibit the feeding of all birds in all city parks.

Elsbernd said he wasn’t sure about that point and would return with the answer in time for when the full board is expected to vote on the legislation on Feb. 2.

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