Wildlife Regulations

No Feeding Wildlife — See bolded section "u" below.

Chapter IX Parks and Recreational Areas

9-1 Prohibited Activities and Conduct:

Activities and conduct listed below shall be prohibited within any park belonging to, leased by, or operated by the Township:

a. No person shall post, print, affix, distribute, glue, tack or otherwise post a sign, placard, advertisement, or inscription, except that signage required for implementation of the deer management program authorized by section 9-9 of this chapter, or directional signage authorized by the Township may be posted.

b. No person shall operate any musical instrument, soundtrack, or drum for advertising purposes or for the purpose of attracting attention to any exhibition, show, performance, or other display.

c. Unless otherwise provided, no person shall cause or permit any animal owned by him, in his custody, or under his control, to go or be at large.

  1. Dogs shall be restrained by a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length; except that dogs may be unleashed in special areas provided for such purposes, commonly known as dog parks, provided that the dog is accompanied by and under the control of an adult owner, custodian or trainer. A dog park is a fenced/double-gated area specifically designated and established by the Township for the socializing and exercising of dogs.
  2. No person shall ride or drive a horse unless it is well broken and constantly held in such control that it may be easily or quickly turned and stopped.
  3. No person shall permit a horse to be unbridled or left unattended in any unenclosed area without being securely fastened.
  4. No horse shall be driven or ridden except at such locations designated for this purpose as provided in section 9-3 of this chapter.

d. No person shall hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird; or knowingly purchase, buy, receive or have in his possession, sell, convey or give away any such animal, reptile, bird or eggs of any such reptile or bird, except as provided in section 9-9 of this chapter.

e. No person shall throw stones or other missiles so as to annoy other persons.

f. No person shall climb or stand upon a wall, fence, shelter, seat, statue, or other structure.

g. No person shall enter or leave the park facilities except at established entrances and exits.

h. No person shall remove or open permanent or temporary barriers, signs, directionals, gates, or fences.

i. No person shall have in his possession or bring into any park, or set or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, firecrackers or explosives or inflammable material or discharge them or throw them into such area from lands or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compounds may decompose suddenly and generate sufficient heat, gas, or pressure, or any or all of them to produce rapid flaming, combustion, or administer a destructive blow to surrounding objects.

j. No person shall carry or possess firearms of any description in which loaded or blank cartridges may be used, or air guns, spring guns, slings, or any other form of weapon potentially dangerous to wildlife and human safety, except as provided in section 9-9 of this chapter. Shooting such devices into the park area from beyond the park boundaries is forbidden, except that this section shall not apply to any police officer, constable, or other duly constituted officer under the laws of the State of New Jersey, or of the United States of America, authorized to carry firearms in the performance of his official duties.

k. No person shall kindle, build, maintain or use a fire, except in places provided for such purposes. All fires shall be continuously under the care and direction of a competent person. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other flammable material within any park. All fires shall be completely extinguished before persons responsible therefore leave the park area.

l. No person shall operate any vehicle except on roadways or parking areas provided for such purpose. No person shall operate a mini-bike, moped, or snowmobile within the boundaries of any park.

m. No person shall park or cause to be parked any vehicle except in areas established for parking or designated by signs for such purposes. No vehicle shall be parked, whether or not the operator is in attendance, after the closing hours of any park.

n. No person shall throw any substance, matter or thing which may or shall result in the pollution of any lake, river, lagoon, stream, storm sewer, or drain of any park or the like which leads into or passes through the park.

o. No person shall take into, carry through, leave in, throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge onto or on any park, any rubbish, refuse, garbage, or other material, irrespective of whether the same is organic or inorganic.

p. No person shall deposit on any ice, or in any pond, any matter which would tend to damage the ice for skating.

q. No person shall injure any trees, shrubs, grass, or destroy, cut, break, deface, mutilate, disturb, sever or remove from the ground any plant, flower, growing thing, stem, branch or leaf thereof. In addition, no person shall pile debris of any kind against such vegetation, attach any rope or cable or other conveyance thereto, or set fire or assist in setting a fire to any of the same.

r. No person shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, pavings, or paving materials, water lines or other public utilities or parts of or appurtenances thereof.

s. No person shall dig or remove any soil, rock, sand, clay, or earth or make any excavation of any kind by any means or agency.

t. No person shall gamble or participate in any game of chance.

u. No person shall feed any wildlife. As used herein:

  1. Feed shall mean to give, place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter any edible material with the intention of feeding, attracting, or enticing wildlife, but shall not include baiting in the legal taking of fish and/or game; and
  2. Wildlife shall mean Canadian geese and white-tailed deer.

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