September 1, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Leaving food out for the wild animals roaming the neighborhood after law enforcement says stop could result in fines up to $500 in the Silver State.
The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining unanimously approved SB371 Thursday. The bill prohibits intentional feeding of big game mammals like deer and bears.
Lawmakers amended the bill from originally outlawing the feeding of any wild animal that wasn't a bird. The bill exempts certain state and federal employees from the prohibition.
Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer of Reno says the primary intent is to prevent automobile accidents caused by large animals converging on populated areas looking for food.
The bill now heads to an Assembly floor vote. It already passed the Senate.