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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP)

Minneapolis has made it easier to keep chickens in the city.

The Star Tribune reports the changes were approved Feb. 12. A requirement for a neighbor's signature for owning six or fewer chickens, turkeys, ducks or pigeons will be eliminated; commercial licenses will be available for up to 30 birds for egg sales; and composting of chicken manure will be allowed.

The update to the city's animal control ordinances also requires permits for certain reptiles and amphibians. Traps for nuisance animals such as raccoons and squirrels must not kill or injure the animal. An owner must stay near enough to a tethered animal to protect the animal — or someone else from the animal — if needed.

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