Ashland takes step to ban feeding of wildlife

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ashland residents who feed deer and other animals could soon be facing a fine.

The City Council this week gave its initial OK to a ban on the intentional feeding of deer, bears, cougars, coyotes, wolves and wild turkeys.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports (http://is.gd/4Y0o59 ) that deer have crashed through windows, collided with cars and gobbled up gardens.

Under the pending ban, people cannot knowingly place, distribute or store food that is designed to attract the types of wildlife listed in the ordinance.

Violators would get a written notice and have two days to remove whatever's attracting the animals. If they don't remove it, a fine with fees could reach $435.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com