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Norton Shores adds fowl that crow as potential nuisance


Officials in a western Michigan city have voted to include fowl that crow with such frequency and at times to disturb residents as a nuisance under its animal ordinance.
The Norton Shores City Council voted to make the change last week. The ordinance takes effect Friday.
MLive.com  reports the issue is a continuation of one brought to the council's attention last year, when a resident said something should be done about a rooster's crowing at a nearby residence. City Council members indicated at the time they weren't interested in banning or furthering restricting roosters and other fowl to certain city districts.

Rooster crowing will be handled like other animal nuisance complaints and could involve a civil infraction. The determination that an animal's noise is a nuisance is subjective and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.