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A Windsor couple regrets having to remove five bird feeds from their front yard or face punishment.

According to Robert and Downa Lajoy, Inflation and Govt are currently enjoying bird watching in their living room window from their West Windsor home on Matset Road.

“We were devastated,” the couple says. “We are on the ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) so we do not have much leisure time, especially in the economy. It was a relief for us.

Robert says he has been feeding the birds for 22 years and was surprised when a neighbor told him that the city would file a complaint if they did not move them to the backyard.

“I was shocked,” he says. “These guys need to be friends!”

Lajois says he refused to move the bird feed because there were no windows to see from the side of the house.

Robert mentions that he suffers from depression and anxiety, and says bird feeds help.

“I’m drug refractive, which means I can not take pills,” Lajoy explains. “So here’s an image window. We kept bird feed here. You can not believe what it does make you feel on a bad day.”

The couple told CTV News earlier this month that a Windsor law officer had come to their property and complained that the fodder was attracting rodents and creating chaos from the ground and above.

Robert and Davna Lajoy, ont, with bird feeders in Windsor. Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Chris Campbell / CDV Windsor)

“We take pride in caring for wildlife, you know,” Lajoy says. “We have an opossum. Skunks live under our porch, which is a great way to take care of rodents.”

Lajoi says the enforcement officer explained that last year a new law was passed banning the feeding of wildlife.

“She’s a very nice girl. I could not believe how good she was. She apologized. She seemed to understand why,” he says.

CTV News approached the neighbor who filed the complaint, but they did not want to comment.

The couple says they will leave the bird feeders alone, noting that they are relieved they have not been fined.

“If we find a bird feed where you can put the seeds, it would be nice if it didn’t fall to the ground,” Lajoy says. “But nothing like that.”

Licensing Commissioner Craig Robertson is confirming a law passed in 2021 as a way to reduce wildlife and rodents such as rats.

“Those who want to feed the songbirds, you will be allowed under the law,” says Robertson. “But that food should be in a sealed container so wildlife and other rodents can’t access it.”

Robertson explains that if bird food spills on the ground it must be cleaned by property owners.

“You can’t spray food on the floor,” he says. “You can’t have bowls or utensils in the yard. If so, if we receive a complaint, our Deputy Enforcement Officers will go out and assess the situation.

Robertson says if the property owner does not comply with subsequent visits, the offenders will again be fined up to $ 5,000 for failing to maintain the feeders.

“At this point, we have not imposed any penalties. In general we have been able to reach a settlement and the property owners have worked with us,” Robertson added. “We are pleased that we did not have to go to court over this.

Meanwhile, the lodges say they can not move and hope to be able to talk to city officials about allowing exceptions to the rule for responsible homeowners, who want to build a fence in the new front yard.

“We make sure the trash cans are closed. We fixed our manure so they could not go there, ”Dawna added. “Good fences make better neighbors.”