A town ordinance dating back to 1967 that allows citizens to kill annoying critters, such as rodents, squirrels and pigeons, was one of the topics discussed by Tarboro Town Council during its regular scheduled meeting Monday.
Councilwoman Carol Ruffin brought up the issue stating that an elderly women feared walking in the Clifton Ridge community after encountering a man shooting reportedly shooting squirrels.
Ruffin suggested that the board examine the antiquated policy.
The ordinance reads, "The use of firearms in the destruction of rodents, squirrels, pigeons or similar animals or reptiles that are considered a menace to public health or property may be permitted by special permission of and after issuance of a special permit by the chief of police."
As of Monday, there were 21 current permits issued. The permit must be renewed each year.
Police Chief Damon Williams, who is in his second year as Tarboro's top officer, admitted, "This is a very unusual ordinance."
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