Flagstaff Council Moves Forward With Wildlife Feeding Ordinance

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The Flagstaff City Council voted 4-1 this evening to move forward with a proposed wildlife feeding ordinance with Council Member Jeff Oravits casting the dissenting vote. Council Members Mark Woodson and Coral Evans were excused from tonight’s meeting.

Before deciding to move forward, council heard a presentation from Arizona Game and Fish explaining why they believe an ordinance is needed. They listed a variety of diseases that wild animals carry and the problems wildlife cause in residential neighborhoods.

While the proposed ordinance will exempt the feeding of birds and squirrels, bird lovers could still be affected. The representative from Arizona Game and Fish explained that if the wind is shaking your bird feeder and the seed falls out and larger wild animals are attracted, you could get a knock on the door from law enforcement.

Those with fruit trees could also be impacted. If fruit falls out of your tree and it attracts wild animals, you will be in violation of the law.

A handful of residents, evenly split on the ordinance, voiced their opinion to council with one resident calling the situation “a manufactured issue” dealing with one person who has been feeding deer and elk in the Country Club area. Do we really want more laws and bigger government because of one homeowner? She asked.

Council will be revisiting the issue in the coming weeks once City staff prepares a draft ordinance.

P1030904 deer eating bird seed outside visitor center

Deer eating bird seed.


  1. Danne
    May 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Flagstaff is getting nuttier by each city counsil vote…time to fence Flagstaff and it’s inhabitants in and wildlife out…for the wildlife’s sake!

  1. August 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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