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Man faces jail for feeding too many birds

One man in Minnesota faces up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 after neighbors claim he was illegally feeding birds and other animals in his backyard, according to the Star Tribune.

It is legal to feed birds in your backyard, but the feeders have to hang five feet off the ground. Neighbors of Craig Brown say he was really throwing bird seed all over the ground, which is a misdemeanor in Bloomington.

Brown has since taken down the feeders and denied ever throwing seed on the ground, but video taken by a neighbor shows hundreds of birds crowded into his backyard eating off the ground.

Birds aren’t the only animals Brown’s feeder mishaps have attracted either. Neighbors claim deer have been ruining their gardens and making it difficult to drive. Rats and other rodents have also taken up home around the area.

Brown has always loved birds and started feeding them a few years ago when he wanted to take up a hobby that he and his mom could enjoy. Brown and his neighbors have been arguing over his feeding habits ever since.

After being shocked by the charge, Brown hired a lawyer to handle his case because he doesn’t want a misdemeanor on his record.

The city attorney said it’s unlikely he’ll go to jail and other violators only paid a $125 fee. She said if he pleads guilty to the misdemeanor, he’ll have to pay a small fee and his misdemeanor will come off the record if he doesn’t violate the ordinance again. Brown is still reluctant to plead guilty as he insists he didn’t intentionally throw seed on the ground.

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Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

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