When Nature and Homeowners Clash: Woodpecker Drama

When Nature and Homeowners Clash: Woodpecker Drama

Stephanie Kinnear
Jan 29, 2009

Homeowners associations have been known to do a lot of sketchy, environmentally-questionable things -- ban clothes lines, limit solar panels -- but this seems extreme. Two homeowners associations in the San Francisco Bay Area are considering hiring a sharpshooter to kill up to 50 woodpeckers.

It's a complicated situation, and a perfect example of how our homes don't always mix so well with our environment.

Essentially, two homeowners associations in a retirement community in the bay area have been trying to get rid of a flock of noisy woodpeckers. They've spent $170,000 on different tactics to divert the birds away from their homes (where the birds have been drilling holes to store their nuts). Now at least one of the associations would like to have the birds killed. It's a truly unfortunate situation.

Here's the full article. Check it out and then tell us what you think.

image via sfgate.com

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