The Homeowners Association’s botched geese removal attempt resulted in the drowning of 10 birds
The SilverLakes Homeowners Association hired a company, Pest Wildlife Pro, which then mishandled a goose culling attempt that resulted in the drowning of 10 birds on Tuesday.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, some residents of the suburban neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale found the geese to be noisy pooping machines, while others saw them as majestic. The homeowners association then decided to hire the pest control company to remove 25 geese.
Rolando Calzadilla, the owner of the business, said he had fed the geese bread with sedatives added, but a loud car startled the birds causing them to fly away. While Calzadilla was able to retrieve 15 of the birds and euthanize them elsewhere, ten fell into the nearby lake and drowned. He said he never intended to be cruel, according to Local 10 News.
“It was for them to stay on land, fall asleep, pick them up and take them away, and then humanely euthanize them,” Calzadilla said, Local 10 News reported.
Calzadilla said that while he was retrieving the birds, locals who noticed him charged at him and screamed and screamed. He said “the situation was out of control” and had to call the police for help.
“Everyone hates the dog chaser in the neighborhood. It was just a bad situation,” he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Residents who love and name geese are “never, ever the same people” who have bad experiences with them, Calzadilla said.
According to Local 10 News, the owners’ association sent a letter to residents, saying, “…the association’s contract with Pest Wildlife Pro required the seller to remove the birds by lawful means in accordance with all laws and federal, state and local ordinances. Rest assured that SilverLakes discusses the actions taken by the trapper and will address any deviation from the contract.”
Homeowners association officials declined to comment to the newspaper, but sent a notice to residents on Wednesday saying the goose population had “increased rapidly” and become aggressive.
The letter called the drownings an “unfortunate case” and that Calzadilla must follow all laws and ordinances, including local ones. The association had received complaints that geese were eating flowers.
But Miramar government officials blamed the homeowners association, sending officers a letter Thursday saying the association could face an unspecified fine. The town is a bird sanctuary and its code states that it is illegal to hunt, harm, assault, harm or kill any bird within its boundaries. Calzadilla was not cited.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.