OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland residents say rare birds were slaughtered during an Oakland tree-trimming project on behalf of the downtown U.S. Post office.
Black-crowned night herons are rare and protected by law, yet can be seen frequently on the streets of downtown Oakland, as are the droppings from the 2-foot tall birds. They have also been known to leave a mess on Post Office trucks. The city has trained work crews to leave ficus trees alone during the spring nesting season, but the USPS hired a 3rd party crew called Campos Tree Service to trim some branches.
The person in charge of the operation told KPIX 5 that it was an accident, and he was to blame.
“We are human beings, and we all make mistakes, and I am fully responsible for it. If I have to go to jail for that I will be more than happy to do it, because we all make mistakes,” said Ernesto Palido, a tree trimmer who borrowed the Campos truck to do the job.