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Comments for: Complaints about excessive bird droppings in Rockland prompt anti-feeding proposal

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  • Anonymous

    People should not feed any wildlife. Animals take care of and feed themselves. When people decide to step in and disrupt their feeding habits, the animals actually do suffer. Instead of hunting their own food, they suddenly become dependent upon man to survive. Allow animals to maintain their independence and stop feeding them. The nuisance being created for the neighbors would not exist if these birds were not lured into this area by easy pickings of food. Yes, these birds do exist, but are coming into this small area in large numbers. Sad that due to her selfishness, her neighbors are becoming prisoners in their own homes.

    Pass the ordinance, then fine her for creating a nuisance.

  • Anonymous

    Gambler16, I agree.  Birds can become as much of a problem as rodents!  Ms. gray, how about a pet bird or birds you can keep and feed  inside?

    • Anonymous

      Her feeding the birds may lead to a problem with the rats. If the bread lands in places where the seagulls can’t retrieve it, here come the rats.

      • Anonymous

        Seagulls missing a piece of bread????  Won’t ever happen.

    • Let’s make an assumption that Ms. Gray is getting the crates of bread for free, someone is dropping them off to her. Maybe Ms. Gray cannot afford an indoor bird or birds. If this is the case I am willing to bet that perhaps her neighbor’s would be willing to chip in and buy her a small bird, get a cage and supply it would food for say 6 months. I live on disability myself and I would be willing to make a small donation to help her get a bird.

      A diet of bread is not healthy for the birds. 

  • Anonymous

    She needs to get some chickens.

  • Anonymous

    It shouldn’t take an ordinance but it’s the route the town will end up taking. You would like to think people could be convinced what they are doing is not helping the birds. It creates an unnaturally high, unsustainable population and brings them together in a manner that facilitates the passage of disease in the bird population. The concetration of the bird waste poses a disease risk to humans and damages property. In one study, 42 diease causing organisms (diseases tranmissable to man) were found in pigeon waste although the study went on to say they were unable to demonstrate direct passage to humans in their work.

    • Anonymous

       Rockland ‘s waterfront pigeons keep local and seasonal raptors well fed, according to a birder I met.

  • Anonymous

    Rather than enact knee-jerk legislation that wouldn’t be necessary but for this incident, perhaps both sides could agree on a mediator that could negotiate a binding solution to satisfy both parties. The automatic legisaltive solution to these squabbles is what causes continued bad blood between neighbors and more police power.

    • “Rockland Code Enforcement Officer John Root said over the 17 years he has worked in the code office there have been times when residents will complain to the city about another person’s feeding of seagulls which produces a feeding frenzy and attracts other wild animals and pests. He said in almost every instance, he is able to talk with these residents and their family members and convince them to curb their actions which have become nuisances to their neighbors.
      But he said in the past month, he has received numerous calls from desperate neighbors of a woman who has insisted on feeding seagulls every day.”

      Sounds like they already tried that approach.

      • I agree that feeding seagulls is a nuisance-making event if one is living in close proximity to neighbors. I’d ask the lady whether the birds are more important to her than her neighbors… if she’d like to fix the problem she might consider having a weekly BBQ and inviting the neighbors… feed THEM! 

        HOWEVER, to take the other side a bit: seagull sounds are annoying? We do live near the ocean.
        And feeding birds in general (not gulls) is a pastime many enjoy. So an ordinance against feeding birds needs to be SPECIFIC so as not to see all backyard feeding outlawed.

        • Anonymous

          Nothing like BBQ’d Gull with a bit of slaw on the side!

  • Ken MIller

    Feeding dump turkeys almost as bad as feeding flying rats (Pigeons).  And you can’t shoot the damn things or even poison, them and I want to retire to that town.  Damn maybe not.

  • Anonymous

    I agree….I have been at various places in Rockland where they serve food and you get attacked coming and going by seagulls.  It’s horrendous.

    • Anonymous

      So go inland & eat.  Seagulls were here before the annoying humans.

  • Anonymous

    We have some fat birds in Orono hanging right outside Burger King waiting for another old timer to throw it some fries.  Way to dumb down the animal’s survival instincts people.

    • Guest

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  • This is ridiculous !! How much longer are we going to give away all of our rights..Now you want to make it illegal to feed wild birds ??? Who do you think you are ??? This is just another example of the majority taking away the minorities rights….Do you really want your government telling you what YOU can and cannot do ??? Why cant these people just compromise, ??? Why do they have to take away peoples rights ?? This is really absurd….Next it will be illegal to eat outside…or some other totally ridiculous law…

    • Guest

      Government has to step in when we consider our “rights” supreme over those of others when they are causing difficulties.  There should not be a new ordinance.  This is one case, and initiating laws over matters that should be able to be dealt with easily,  is a bad practice.

      There is a public health issue here, as well as the obvious disruption of lives of neighbors.  There must be some method to deal directly with the alleged havoc that is being caused that is already on the books.

      Common sense and courtesy go a long way.

    • Anonymous

      I normally agree that government needs to “butt out” of our lives, but it sounds like they have tried talking and reasoning with her and she doesn’t seem to care. If she really needs to feed the birds then she needs to go down to the shore, not very far from where she lives BTW (like under 1/2 a mile), and feed them there. The poster who said rats will come for the leftovers is correct, between the bird droppings and the rats being around you have the potential for some sanitation issues….

    • Guest

      Your rights are now  just privileges.  where have you been??? Healthcare law has access to all your bank accounts, property and the right to know how and what you eat weather you get treated.  and that is just the start of it all. Obama just signed a bill to read anyones emails if so desired. so if you put up a stink be sure someone will evade your privacy

    • Anonymous

      You have the right to feed and attract the vermin and no questions asked?  I suppose, but it is  antisocial behavior, and the neighbor has rights to enjoy his own property.  He should sue her if the authorities won’t take action, all that bread money she has can pay her legal fees.

    • Anonymous

      Easy for you to say..Are the gulls crapping all over your property?

      • Anonymous

        Consider moving inland.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  Seagulls are part of life on the coast.   Maybe the complainers need to go inland.   

      • Anonymous

        Seriously? I’ve been to Rockland many times and the only place you see seagulls, other than directly near the ocean, is at McDonald’s because of the french fries and at Hannafords because of all the slobs who litter food wrappers, etc., in the parking lot.  Other than that, there are very few seagulls just hanging around in people’s yards.  They should pass an ordinance so they can fine this offender if she doesn’t comply.  Maybe she should move to a more remote area so she can feed her seagulls in peace.

    • Anonymous

      Where do you live? I think you need to experience what these poor neighbors are experiencing.  We’ll set up a feeding station next to your house and see how you like it.

  • Anonymous

    This would be the perfect opportunity to get the kids out of the house.  Get out that 4-10 you bought the little guy for his 12th birthday and go do a little live target practice, with steel shot of course, wouldn’t want to make the sierras and petas angry.  Then we could lace the birds with poison and feed them to the coyotes. We could kill two birds with one stone, haha.

    • Guest

      A1++ post

  • Anonymous

    I feed the seagulls at the Millcreek McDonalds in South Portland. I figure if I feed the dump ducks, they won’t crap on my car.

    • Anonymous

      Um, no, you’re just attracting them and training them to beg for more.

  • Guest

    I person creating all this havoc. sort of like quimby.  One person trying to make Maine comply with their lonely habits.

  • Anonymous

    They are a beautiful part of our Maine coast, live with it or move.  

    • Real Sea Gulls are wonderful. While the gulls in the article may live in Rockland they the gull have become “garbage gulls.” As I stated before these gulls need more than bread to be healthy. Can the people who are reading my comments understand what I am saying?

      Each summer and at various places along the Maine coast I have seen real ocean or sea gulls. These gulls act much different that the “garbage gulls” and are a wonder to behold.

      • Anonymous

        We call them dump ducks. All they do is eat and poop and if there are more than a handful, they make a real mess.

        • Anonymous

          Then don’t allow people to feed them human food.  Humans have created this problem.  The quick fix is to stop feeding them.

      • Anonymous

        You know, they wouldn’t be “garbage gulls” if people didn’t feed them human food.  It’s just like the poor “nuisance bears” who don’t ask to be fed human food, but because they are fed by humans, many are euthanized in the interest of public safety.  Don’t feed wild animal/birds for your own selfish pleasure.  You are throwing off a delicate balance in nature and causing these creatures to be reviled by the public.

    • Anonymous

      Where do you live? I’m going to park next door to your house with a dozen or so bags of bread every day and feed some seagulls.  After a month or so, you’ll be singing a different tune.

  • Anonymous

    Article reminds one of the garbage gull LePage…

  • Anonymous

    It would be easy to appease both sides here. Let her continue to feed the flying rats and then make her clean up their mess. It might not take long for her to decide it just isn’t worth it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the gull feeder would be the first to complain if somebody’s dog were to relieve itself on her lawn and deck numerous times daily.

    • Anonymous

      Good idea! Let’s all take our dogs to her yard and let them poop!

  • Anonymous

    Why did BDN use the general wording “birds” This is about the Seagulls! I feed cardinals, finches, bluejays etc and they are nesting in my neighborhood. I also have neighbors in the area who bring home bread from the Rockland Soup Kitchen and feed the gulls. Consequently many a roof top is covered with shingle destroying bird droppings. They sit on innocent people’s roofs watching for the bread meal then drop droppings all over as the feeding frenzy begins. Cars get dropped on daily. It is harmful to the paint but also Seagull droppings are deadly if one gets it in their eyes. We also have a neighbor who dumps his lobster feed aftermath near MERR and that invites the gulls. Please BDN write a headline that is pertinent to the issue. The gull feeding situation has to be addressed by the code office and council. A few years back there was an issue between some neighbors on this same topic. Putting food outside for stray cats only draws rabid skunks and raccoons putting neighbors at risk.

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