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Burbank Man Cannot Resist Urge to Feed Pigeons, Is Arrested for Creating Public Nuisance

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Police in Burbank are asking one man to quit feeding the damn pigeons. Despite several warnings, and a citation, 59-year-old Charles Douglas can't seem to shake his habit of leaving bird seed in the alleys near Bob Hope Airport, and that habit has landed him in hot water.

Douglas was arrested Friday morning at his work and was "booked for public nuisance, violation of a court order and feeding of pigeons so as to create a public nuisance," according to CBS2.

The concern is that sustaining the pigeon population near the airport increases the likelihood they will cause a bird strike, which is when the pigeons are sucked into the engines, causing damage to the aircraft and potential danger for the crew and passengers should it interfere with the flight.

Airport officials say there has been an uptick in bird strikes at Bob Hope Airport recently.

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As you may recall, a bird strike was to blame for the downing of US Airways Flight 1549, which was heroically guided to landing in NY's Hudson River, with no casualties.