Homeowners’ botched goose kidnapping attempt led to 10 birds drowning


The SilverLakes Owners Association hired a company, Pest Wildlife Pro, which then mismanaged a goose abduction attempt that resulted in the drowning of 10 birds on Tuesday.

Some residents of the suburban Fort Lauderdale neighborhood found the geese to be loud poo machines, while others saw them as majestic, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The owners’ association then decided to hire the pest control company to eliminate 25 geese.

Rolando Calzadilla, the owner of the business, said he gave the geese bread with sedatives, but a loud car surprised 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 wanted cruelty, according to Local 10 News.

“It was up to them to stay on the ground, 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, residents who noticed him charged him and screamed and screamed. He said “the situation was out of hand” and had to call the police for help.

“Everyone hates the dog catcher in the neighborhood. It was just a bad situation,” he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Residents who love geese and name them are “never, never the same” 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 birds by legal 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 deviations from the contract. “

Rolando Calzadilla, owner of a pest removal company, said that when he collected all 15 geese he was able to, some residents of the suburban Fort Lauderdale neighborhood noticed what he was doing and looked up. so angry with him that he had to call her. the police. In this photo, two Canada geese head for the water that remains at Lake Mendocino as the water level dropped to 29% of its capacity on June 2, 2021, near Ukiah, California.
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Homeowners association officials declined to comment on the newspaper, but sent a notice to residents on Wednesday saying the goose population had “increased rapidly” and turned aggressive.

The letter called the drownings “an unfortunate affair” and that Calzadilla was expected to follow all laws and ordinances, including local ones. The association had received complaints that the geese were eating flowers.

But Miramar government officials blamed the homeowners association, sending agents a letter Thursday saying the association could face an unspecified fine. The city is a bird sanctuary and its code says it is illegal to hunt, injure, molest, injure or kill any bird within its boundaries. Calzadilla was not cited.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The SilverLakes Homeowners Association sent a notice to residents of suburban Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, saying the goose population was “growing rapidly” and being aggressive. In this photo, Canadian geese are seen on the training ground during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium at TPC Sawgrass on May 14, 2011, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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