Poaching, theft and senseless cruelty against our geese and ducks in Land Park has been going on for a long time now, but it seems to be getting worse. Residents are reporting that more fowl are disappearing or they're finding them with broken necks. It's not just happening in Land Park, either, but seems to be fairly common in East Sacramento's McKinley Park and along the waterways in the Pocket.
The Sacramento City Parks and Recreation Department has put up warning signs, but the activity continues. Please, residents of Land Park, McKinley and Pocket, and visitors to our parks, please call 3-1-1 if you suspect a bird is being harmed or stolen. At present, the penalty is a $350 fine, but we need to raise it. Abuse of wildlife should not be tolerated.
The city of Sacramento is considering raising the fine to $1,000, making it a misdemeanor and giving the culprits jail time. I say write to your Sacramento City Council members to let them know that you favor an increased fine and you want this activity to cease.
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