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Elderly New Jersey woman charged with ‘feeding wildlife’ after feeding birds

By Mason White 8:57 AM June 25, 2013
Annette Rockefeller with her bird feeder 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A woman was charged and ordered to appear in court after she was caught feeding birds in front of her home, according to court proceedings in New Jersey.

The woman, who is 66-years-old, was charged after her husband hung out a bird feeder in order to feed the birds.

Alfred Rockefeller, 77, said he and his wife, Annette, came up with the idea to install the hanging bird feeder last year after Ramsey officials said they could not spread birdseed on the ground.

However, the couple said they had received a summons bearing the name of Annette, which ordered her to appear in court on a charge of feeding the wildlife. The woman faces a fine of $250 to $500 if convicted of the crime.

The city claims there have been multiple complaints made by neighbors about the bird feeder, since it attracted deer, ducks, squirrels and other animals in the area. The couple also said that Leo Egan, the environmental health specialist of the city, said the bird feeder contained peanuts, which are not suitable for birds.

“He stated emphatically that the birds do not eat peanuts,” Alfred Rockefeller said.
“I feel like we’re getting picked on here,” Annette Rockefeller said. “To me it’s like, what will be next? I’m going to be walking around in my yard in shorts and I will be told I’m ugly, thus causing falling property values​​?” Annette Rockefeller said.

Egan said the bird feeder was causing numerous complaints.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view