Supes to vote on new Zoo rules 

The Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee meets Monday to vote on legislation that would increase penalties for zoo visitors who enter animal enclosures at the San Francisco Zoo.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd introduced the legislation after a man snuck into the grizzly bear enclosure at the Zoo on Sept. 26. The man escaped without injury or punishment, as a Superior Court judge tossed out a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

The proposed law would accomplish several things, including increasing maximum fines for violations from $500 to $1,000, add language prohibiting entrance into animal enclosures or habitats at San Francisco Zoo or at the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park without specific authorization by zoo staff and add the words “taunt” and “endanger” to types of wildlife disturbances that are prohibited.

The committee meets Monday, at City Hall, Room 250, at 10:30 a.m.

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