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Originally Posted: 13 January 2009
Halt the Shooting of Fifty Acorn Woodpeckers
I am writing to strongly oppose the plan to exterminate fifty Acorn Woodpeckers from a wild colony near the Rossmoor senior adult community.
I encourage you to listen to the experts in woodpecker biology who have demonstrated that this culling will not solve your woodpecker problem and will only result in the needless deaths of individual birds and inhumane stress on the colony.
I urge the Homeowners Association of Rossmoor to implement a long term solution that is both non-lethal and humane to address the situation with these woodpeckers. The problems have arisen because of habitat destruction and poor environmental planning.
Please reconsider your planned use of the sharpshooting permit.
Please allow wildlife experts to assist you in humanely preventing further damage to your buildings.
Acorn Woodpeckers have a complex, family-oriented social structure and live in large colonies.
Killing 50 birds will do nothing to halt damage to buildings and will cause psychological stress on the surviving birds.
Avian experts agree that killing the birds will not eliminate the problem.
Humane alternatives exist to deter woodpeckers.
Wildlife exclusion experts like WildCare should be called in to determine humane and effective alternatives to shooting.
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