A proposed wildlife feeding ban in Des Moines now only includes waterfowl and deer after the City Council reversed course on a far more expansive plan Monday night.
Why it matters: Squirrels, feral cats, raccoons and any animal "not normally domesticated" in Iowa were included in the original proposal that we told you about Friday.
- Fines up to $850 were possible.
Driving the news: The City Council voted unanimously Monday to narrow the ban, and approved the first of three readings of the ordinance.
- Final approval is expected in coming weeks.
- The ban is necessary for Des Moines to qualify for state assistance in controlling its Canada geese population.
Behind the scenes: The definition of "wild animal" was broad and some residents felt it went too far.
- Corn for squirrels and scraps for alley cats — which our readers had asked us about — would've been illegal under the original proposal.
💭 Thought bubble: While the definitions may have been too far-reaching, there was good intent behind the city's first proposal.
- Feeding most wild animals is generally a bad idea because it spreads bacteria and increases the risks of disease.
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