Man Arrested For Feeding Pigeons
August 23, 2011 by staff
Man Arrested For Feeding Pigeons, A businessman involved in legal disputes month for allegedly feeding pigeons near Bob Hope Airport has been arrested by the growing population of birds has created a threat to aviation security, officials said.
Charles Douglas, 59, is accused of feeding the pigeons in the past year on its roof Co. precise in the way of Hollywood, near the eastern San Fernando Valley airport.
After two subpoenas and arrest warrants, police arrested Douglas Burbank on Friday at his business. City Attorney Denny Wei told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/oWmSRc) that Douglas was booked for having disobeyed two court orders and creating a public nuisance. The offenses each carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine of 1,000.
Wei did not immediately return a voicemail left at his office.
Douglas said he was released on bail and 5000. He was fined on 7 August, but denies that feeds the pigeons.
States that the authorities are trying to make an example to warn other bird enthusiasts.
Douglas said on Monday it had fed a flock of pigeons during the last 28 years, but stopped in December when a judge found him guilty of illegally feeding birds and told him not to do so for a year.
“That quote is false,” and he fought in court and may file a complaint unless it receives an apology, said Douglas.
Douglas, a roofing contractor, lives about a mile from the runway. He said the pigeons, a flock of about 100 birds and lots of crows and pigeons have been visiting the area for decades because of nearby workers, including engineers in the former Lockheed plant, which is used to feed them leftovers their brown bag lunches.
Generations of birds still come to the area as well as feeders, Douglas said.
The birds perch on the roofs and drinking water from swamp coolers and channels.
“If we have time and wash the trucks, you’ll see them lined up in the alley,” said Douglas. The bird feeders, leaving gifts for them, he said.
“I’ve probably seen about a dozen people,” said Douglas. “Some old people who worked at the Lockheed bring peanuts.”
“You see the bread, popcorn, birdseed, food of the people who did not finish,” he said. “Early this morning, there was bread in the parking lot.”
The commander of the airport police. Allen Schmitt said aircraft bird strikes at the airport on average once every two months, but the number has increased to five incidents last month.
“A dove is not a problem, but a herd, that’s a problem,” Schmitt said, adding that “… we’re not talking 20 or 30 pigeons in the middle of nowhere. There are over 200 to 300 to 400 pigeons flying over the tracks. ”
Bob Hope Airport and other commercial airports are required to have a mitigation plan for wildlife, but the requirements do not apply outside the airport property, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Ian Gregor said.
“Obviously not a good idea to attract wildlife in the areas around the airport,” Gregor said.
Douglas, an elegant bird that keeps three parrots and cckatoos two at home, agreed that the pigeons also spoil the flight path and told the birds-feeders should be cited.
“I think the airport is good, security is likely to be a problem, and I think it is very good at catching people,” said Douglas.
He also suggested another solution.
“Someone sent me an email from Texas today and said:” You do not need birth control for pigeons, ‘”said Douglas.” They put some kind of powder in the food and (pigeons) do not play. ”
“I’m thinking it might be a giant hole in the population,” he said.
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