Californian Man Arrested For Feeding Pigeons
A man has been arrested in Los Angeles, California for feeding pigeons near Burbank Airport. Officials say that the man in question – 59 year old Charles Douglas – has been feeding flocks of pigeons by the airport for at least a year now, violating municipal code and proving a major safety hazard for jet planes using the airport. Pigeons, which fly into jet engines, pose a major risk to flights. Thanks to Mr. Douglas’s feeding the pigeons, their numbers in the vicinity of Burbank Airport have reached the hundreds.
On Friday, after two court citations and a bench warrant for feeding the pigeons, Burbank police arrested Douglas at his business on Hollywood Way and Tulare Avenue. Airport police Cmdr. Allen Schmitt said a plane strikes a bird at the airport once every two months on average. But the rate of strikes has increased recently, with five incidents in July alone, he added.