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Squirrel poisoning

Posted: December 7, 2008 8:00 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2008 4:30 a.m.

I live in the American Beauty Classic housing tract in Canyon Country. Recently I received a letter informing my family and me that our board members - seven homeowners - decided to kill off our squirrel population by poisoning them due to burrowing problems.

When I contacted our management company (GM Management Inc.) for information, the e-mails I received began pleasant at first, but as I continued to ask for more information the e-mails became very rude. The owner of the management company furthered his rudeness by telling me if I wanted to gather petitions from my neighbors, then I could also let them know I would be taking on the responsibility and cost should anything happen to the hill in question.

Our management company has been unhelpful and uncooperative in handling this issue. They assured our neighborhood through their newsletter there would be no secondary poisoning and failed to mention the poisons' harmfulness to humans and other animals. They are planning to use zinc phosphide and diphacinone. Diphacinone is a highly dangerous poison. It is toxic to humans and causes nosebleeds, hemorrhaging and blood thinning.

This poison is also very harmful to birds. To harm a bird directly or indirectly, with the exception of pigeons, starlings and English house sparrows, is a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and is punishable by a $15,000 fine per violation.

I have contacted PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and they have tried to contact the management company but the company has been unresponsive to the matter.

I am asking for the community's help in stopping this plan. Please contact me at or voice your opinion to GM Management Inc. at (805) 526-0303 (phone), (805) 856-2200 (fax) or


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