An article in a Gilbert neighborhood association's news magazine about controlling waterfowl populations has caused quite a stir. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Cheryl McCoy, president of the Val Vista Lakes HOA, said the article was mistakenly printed. (Source: CBS 5 News)
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -
An article printed in a Gilbert homeowners association's newsletter "encourages" residents to destroy waterfowl eggs as a means of controlling the growing population of ducks and geese.
"I think that's wrong," said resident Brenna Biittner of the article in the Val Vista Lakes Community Association Magazine.
"That's atrocious. I don't see any justification for that," said resident Brian Krauss.
The article distributed by the homeowners association literally declared war on waterfowl.
"You're telling an average citizen to destroy a breeding habitat that most people know nothing about," Krauss said.
But when CBS 5 News contacted the community, the HOA's president was quick to say there had been a mistake.
"It was written by a consultant who no longer works for Val Vista Lakes. This was absolutely a proofreading error. There is nothing more to it," said Cheryl McCoy, president of the Val Vista Lakes HOA.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department, however, doesn't have a problem with the article.
"It's a very effective and humane way to control urban duck populations," said biologist Randy Babb.
However, McCoy said the magazine will run a retraction in its next issue and that residents will also receive a letter explaining the mistake.
While Arizona Game and Fish officials said it is OK to destroy eggs laid by domesticated ducks and geese, Babb said it's illegal to mess with a wild bird's nest.
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