Don't feed 'aggressive' seagulls, warns New Jersey mayor

Don't feed 'aggressive' seagulls, warns New Jersey mayor

FILE PHOTO: A Jersey Shore mayor is cracking down after an overwhelming number of complaints about seagulls taking food from people along the beach and boardwalk, sometimes right out of their hands. (Photo: bertvthul/Pixabay)

OCEAN CITY, N.J. — A Jersey Shore mayor is cracking down after hearing an overwhelming number of complaints about seagulls taking food from people along the beach and boardwalk, sometimes right out of their hands.

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"Some people think it's funny to feed the gulls and see them swarm," Ocean City Mayor Jay A. Gillian wrote in a letter Friday. "These birds have become very aggressive and pose a public safety hazard."

It is against the law to feed them but the city is also looking into the feasibility of netting and other preventive measures, Gillian wrote.