Note: The following is the county's response to the challenge
of their unfounded, politically motivated warning notice.
Click one one of the following to see:
County Says Pigeons Pose Threat to Public Health"
Wildlife Society Challenges Mohave County"
|2001 COLLEGE DRIVE
LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ 86403
FAX (520) 680-8729
Norman E. Marrah
June 27, 1997
Mr. Dave Roth
Urban Wildlife Society
717 W. Cambridge Ave.
Phoenix, AZ. 85007
Dear Mr. Roth:
I am responding to your request for information pertaining to
pigeons and their transmitted diseases. I am not aware of any
reported cases of diseases that were transmitted by pigeons in Mohave County.
"Pigeons are not harmless birds. They have been described as
rats with feathers. The description is most appropriate because free flying
feral pigeons transmit over 40 diseases and are a serious health hazard
to humans and domestic animals." This is a direct quote by Walter J. Weber
the author of Health Hazards From Pigeons, Starlings and English Sparrows.
The Lake Havasu City Mayor, Mr. Richard Hileman, requested
the Mohave County Health Department recommend that the city organize a
citizens committee to activate an abatement policy for the pigeon problem
in Lake Havasu City.
Mohave County Environmental Health Division
cc: Jerry Street, Director Mohave County Health Dept.
Norm Marrah, Manager Mohave
County Environmental Division