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Birds chasing people in Brevard park

Melbourne city manager describes walk as 'D-Day'

Birds are on the attack at a Melbourne park.
Birds are on the attack at a Melbourne park.


MELBOURNE, Fla. – A popular park in Melbourne has gone to the birds and many of those birds are going on the attack.

Ducks, geese, seagulls and more are chasing joggers and tying up traffic at Wells Park on Hibiscus Boulevard near the Melbourne Library. 

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The city says feeding the birds out there is what's made them aggressive and they put up signs earlier in the week around the park reminding folks that feeding them is prohibited.

"If you walk by on the sidewalks, they'll come after you," said City Manager Mike McNees. "They'll try to nip at your legs. For some people, it may not bother them, but it's a hazard."

In fact, McNees had a run-in with some feisty fowl just last weekend while jogging around the park.

"They were pretty intent on running me down. So, I kind of had to go out of my way to avoid them. For some, it's easier than others to avoid," McNees said.

Folks who frequent the park say a group of geese is the causing all of the problems. Their home is right in front of a fire station.

McNees said feeding the birds has made them entirely too comfortable with people. The food that people are feeding them -- popcorn and bread -- isn't good for them either.

"So, all in all, we're just asking people to leave them alone."

A lot of people at the park don't like the signs, but the city says it's a rule at all of their parks to not feed the wildlife. 

Melbourne city ordinance doesn't fine people for feeding wildlife, but if police give enough warnings,  they could be banned from the park for some time.


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