The City of Cedar Rapids is giving residents a one-month grace period before it begins writing citations for feeding wildlife.
Signs reminding residents not to feed animals will be posted along the Cedar River and other area water ways. The signage follows the addition of ordinance 63.21, which makes it illegal to feed water fowl and wild animals. The ordinance was passed earlier this year.
City staff warns that feeding wildlife can be detrimental to the animals and cause a public nuisance and safety hazard.
After the 30-day grace period expires on Oct. 1, residents will be fined $75 for the first violation, $150 for the second and $300 for the third violation in a calendar year.