B.D. from New London County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I have one neighbor that does not like me feeding the wild animals and she has told me this. A letter was also sent out not to feed the wild animals. I feel bad that these animals are hungry and I have curbed feeding them. However, the neighbor found some cut-up apples that I threw out for the deer and she (I THINK it was her) threw them outside my car and put some on my car windshield, which I feel was going over the line. Do I have any recourse of action I can take if this happens again?
Mister Condo replies:
B.D., one of the greatest challenges of community association living is finding common ground on which all can agree when it comes to acceptable behavior within the association. Feeding feral animals is a bad idea on many levels but I do appreciate your compassion. Vandalizing your car with apples is borderline criminal activity and you are certainly within your rights to call the police if it happens again. Keep in mind without witnesses or evidence it would be a “he said / she said” situation which is tricky to prosecute and really not the kind of thing the police like to waste their resources on. A far better solution would be for you to stop feeding the feral animals, which is against the rules of your condo from what you are telling me. If you are witnessed doing so, you may be fined if it is a violation of your rules. My guess is that the harassment from your neighbor would cease as well. At the same time, have you considered discussing the feral animal problem with your town’s animal control department? There may be a humane way to get these animals off of the property which would be in everyone’s best interest. Feral animals often spread disease and can pose a real problem for people who use your common areas for recreation. That solution would help you, your neighbors, and help the animals. Why not give it a try?