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New cards discourage duck-feeding on Naperville Riverwalk

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Naperville Park District police officer Patrick Ryan gives Beth Louthain of Naperville a card, shown below, that reminds people not to feed the wildlife. Louthain was watching -- but not feeding -- the ducks with daughter Kendall, 4, along the Riverwalk.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Naperville Park District police officers are handing out cards urging visitors to the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville to not feed the ducks. Many people either don't notice the signs or don't pay attention to them.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

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A group of people feeds the ducks and geese along the Riverwalk in Naperville. Officials have started handing out cards asking people not to feed the wildlife for the sake of both the animals and the river.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

The text on the card says refraining from feeding ducks and geese helps the animals stay healthy, protects them from predators, aggression and overcrowding, and keeps the river clean.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

The back of the card encourages parents to teach children about the foods ducks and geese eat naturally and provides a QR code for people to learn more.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

Visitors feed ducks and geese along the Riverwalk in Naperville. Officials have started handing out cards asking people not to feed the wildlife for the sake of both the animals and the river.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

The back of the card encourages parents to teach children about the foods ducks and geese eat naturally and provides a QR code for people to learn more.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

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If a Naperville parks police officer approaches with a business card, he's not passing out his phone number. He's distributing a new River Wildlife Card encouraging Riverwalk visitors not to feed ducks or geese. The park district printed 500 of the cards and started handing them out this week to teach people that tossing scraps of bread, popcorn or other human food to ducks and geese can harm both the animals and their natural environment.
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    • Naperville Park District police officer Patrick Ryan gives Beth Louthain of Naperville a card, shown below, that reminds people not to feed the wildlife. Louthain was watching ó but not feeding ó the ducks with daughter Kendall, 4, along the Riverwalk.
    • Naperville Park District police officers are handing out cards urging visitors to the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville to not feed the ducks. Many people either donít notice the signs or donít pay attention to them.
    • A group of people feeds the ducks and geese along the Riverwalk in Naperville. Officials have started handing out cards asking people not to feed the wildlife for the sake of both the animals and the river.
    • The text on the card says refraining from feeding ducks and geese helps the animals stay healthy, protects them from predators, aggression and overcrowding, and keeps the river clean.
    • The back of the card encourages parents to teach children about the foods ducks and geese eat naturally and provides a QR code for people to learn more.
    • Visitors feed ducks and geese along the Riverwalk in Naperville. Officials have started handing out cards asking people not to feed the wildlife for the sake of both the animals and the river.
    • The back of the card encourages parents to teach children about the foods ducks and geese eat naturally and provides a QR code for people to learn more.
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