Neighbors sue to stop Seattle family’s bird feeding

SEATTLE (AP) – A couple in Seattle whose 8-year-old daughter feeds crows and pigeons is being sued by neighbors who say the birds have damaged their property. reports the lawsuit filed Monday in King County Superior Court seeks more than $200,000 for damages as well as a court order limiting Lisa and Gary Mann and their daughter to setting out at most one-quarter pound of animal food each day.

Anna Johnsen, the attorney representing two neighbors who are suing the Manns, says the residential neighborhood is “not designed to host a large-scale wildlife feeding operation.” The lawsuit says waste from the birds has fouled homes, cars and sidewalks and the birds have also attracted rats.

The Manns haven’t responded to the lawsuit, but they have said their daughter began feeding the birds when she was younger and that they were happy she bonded with the animals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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