Loveland revamps law to allow squirrel feeding

Loveland’s City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday night to amend a 2003 law that prohibited feeding squirrels and most birds if they became a nuisance to neighbors.

Council member Joan Shaffer, one of the no votes, called adding a “laundry list” of animals that can’t be fed “silliness.”

“As my constituents have said, there’s nothing to fix here,” she said.

An 80-year-old Loveland man was cited in May for illegally feeding squirrels.

Shaffer said Gaylord Sigman’s case was the first time someone was ticketed for feeding squirrels, which she said was evidence the issue isn’t a problem.

But the issue of feeding squirrels erupted in violence in Gunbarrel last year when a neighborhood dispute about feeding peanuts to squirrels ended with a gunshot.

A Boulder County jury convicted Jon Barbour, 60, of attempted murder and first-degree assault on June 23. Barbour was charged after he shot his neighbor Jeffrey Browning in the back on May 12, 2016, after what prosecutors said was an argument stemming from Barbour’s habit of feeding peanuts to area squirrels.

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