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Posted on December 23, 2010


The crow relocation program is now scheduled to begin Dec. 29.


To alleviate the unpleasant and unsanitary conditions created by large flocks of roosting crows, the University will take humane measures to move the birds from its campus.

The crow dispersal program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be carried out by trained and licensed pest removal technicians.

Beginning Dec. 27 or 28, technicians will use loud noises, bright lights and a natural, plant-based “fog” to disperse the flocks.

Technicians plan to employ pyrotechnic “bangers and screamers” nightly for seven to 12 days, beginning at dusk and continuing for two or three hours as needed. Specific campus locations for the noise-making activities will be based on the birds’ roosting patterns.

The dispersal team also may use laser lights and a natural grape-extract mist that is not harmful to humans or other animals.

The anti-roosting measures do not harm the crows; they simply change their roosting habits and encourage them to relocate. 

University Police are aware of the crow dispersal program, which will be monitored by Physical Plant and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. 


The USDA-approved crow dispersal program is used annually on the grounds of the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.