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Swedes target troublesome woodpecker

Residents of Sweden's Oland island have been given permission by officials to kill a woodpecker that has been putting holes in homes.

Leif Johansson, a resident of Tornbotten on the west side of the island, said the annoying avian has targeted his home multiple times, The Local reported Monday.

"There are fist-sized holes in the houses ... it costs money to replace those boards. If it makes a hole in my house I need to tear down a whole wall," Johansson said. "This woodpecker is totally out of its mind."

Johansson and his neighbors said it is open season on the woodpecker since county administrative officials gave them permission to kill the bird.
"The woodpecker stays away when there are people around, so it's not going to be easy to catch," Johnasson said.

However, he said he and his neighbors are adamant that the bird will meet its doom before the end of the year.

"The worst hit house has sixteen holes in a gable. It doesn't peck like a regular woodpecker that's looking for food; it never gives up," Johansson said. "Oddly enough, it's only going after nice houses too; it's totally senseless."
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