Supes address duck feeding in city parks 

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd introduced legislation to amend the park code to tighten up rules at the San Francisco Zoo, but it included one provision that likely would have banned duck feeding in the city’s parks.

On Tuesday, Elsbernd amended the legislation to take out the duck feeding ban, and the legislation was approved a unanimous vote Tuesday.

“The legislation is pretty self-explanatory about its intent with the zoo. The way it was drafted, however, it could be perceived as potentially making it illegal for feeding birds, ducks or whatever in some parks – clearly not the intent,” Elsbernd said. “That said I don’t want us to go down the road of listing what parks, what animals, not really our role as supervisors.”

Instead, he amended the legislation to state that the Recreation and Park Commission “may authorize the feeding of certain animals and birds in specified areas. In other words let the commission do its work,” Elsbernd said.

The legislation does such things as increase the maximum fines for violations from $500 to $1,000 and adds language to the park code that prohibits entrance into animal enclosures or habitats at San Francisco Zoo and at the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park.

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