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World's largest hockey stick under attack by woodpeckers

April 19 (UPI) -- Officials in a British Columbia town said they are looking into options for protecting the world's largest hockey stick from a pair of destructive woodpeckers.

Residents of North Cowichan said they started to see a pair of northern flickers, a type of woodpecker protected by the British Columbia Wildlife Act, perching on the 61,000-pound hockey stick outside the Cowichan Community Center in early April.

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One of the birds has been seen pecking holes in the stick, which bird experts said likely means the avian is building a nest.

Community center staff plugged the first hole with steel wool, but the birds had removed it a few days later.

Lori Iannidinardo, chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, said a bucket truck will be brought in soon so officials can investigate the holes. Officials said the birds will be left alone for the season if they have established a nest, but if the nest is not yet completed they will look into methods for urging the birds to consider a new location.

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