Tree trimmer: No birds ended up in wood chipper

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service and a tree trimmer hired by the agency to trim trees in Northern California are disputing witness accounts that birds were fed through a wood chipper during the operation.

Ernesto Pulido, who supervised Saturday’s tree trimming in Oakland, told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1uJWCsx) that he did not see any blood in the wood chipper. U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz said a postal maintenance worker observed the work and reported that no birds were harmed.

Witnesses, however, described a horrifying scene to the Chronicle in which the bird chicks and their nests were toppled to the ground. Some, they said, ended up in the wood chipper. Five black-crowned night heron chicks were taken to a bird rescue center. State and federal officials are investigating the incident.

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