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Mass. Town to go to Court Over Feeding Birds

HULL, Mass. (AP) — A judge has heard from both sides in a dispute between the town of Hull and a woman officials claim is creating a health nuisance by feeding too many birds.

The town is seeking a restraining order against Gail Kansky, saying she has for years fed an unreasonable number of birds at her home, leading to bird waste on neighbors’ properties and attracting rats. Her lawyer said she’s being bullied by the town and neighbors.

The Patriot Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/TkUUZ3) Hull’s health director and two neighbors testified at a hearing Monday they’re concerned about the health impacts.

Kansky testified she’s complied with some of the town’s requests but refills her bird feeder through the day to “feed as many sparrows as I can.”

Housing Court Judge Wilbur Edwards asked lawyers for written arguments by Sept. 19.

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