Pigeon Catcher Vows to Fight Las Vegas While City Wants to Cash in on Cleanups

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 29 (UPI) — A Nevada man said North Las Vegas city officials are trying to shut down his pigeon removal business to protect revenue from health and safety fines.

Nephi Oliva, owner of Nevada Pigeon Control, said city officials want to stop him from removing pigeons from residential and casino properties because of the millions of dollars collected each year in health and safety fines levied on property owners who allow large amounts of pigeon droppings to build up, the Las Vegas Sun reported Thursday.

However, North Las Vegas city spokeswoman Brenda Fischer said officials have advised Oliva to cease removing pigeons due to several violations of city codes. She said Oliva’s business is in a commercially zoned neighborhood, so he is not allowed to keep an aviary on site, and he lacks permits and government permission required to euthanize or relocate the pigeons.

Oliva said he will fight the city in court if necessary and he is planning to publicize the struggle.

“I plan on going on ‘America’s Got Talent’ next year and winning the show just to bring attention to this,” he said. Oliva did not say whether his talent would be pigeon related.

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