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CROWS RETURN, AND RELOCATION PROGRAM BEGINS AGAINCROWS RETURN, AND RELOCATION PROGRAM BEGINS AGAIN

CROWS RETURN, RELOCATION PROGRAM BEGINS AGAIN

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Posted on November 23, 2011

To alleviate the unpleasant and unsanitary conditions created by large flocks of roosting crows, Cal U is taking humane measures to move the birds from its campus.

The crow dispersal program mirrors efforts that were successful in relocating the birds last winter.

It has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is being carried out by trained and licensed pest removal technicians.

The technicians are using bright lights and a natural, plant-based “fog” to disperse the flocks. They plan to employ these measures nightly for seven to 12 days, beginning at dusk and continuing for two or three hours as needed. 

Specific campus locations for the activities will be based on the birds’ roosting patterns.

The laser lights and natural grape-extract mist are 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.

The crows have created a sanitation problem on campus since they arrived in large numbers earlier this month. Cal U experienced a similar situation last year, and University officials anticipated the crows’ return. 

Last year the birds arrived somewhat later in the season, and the relocation effort began in late December.

This year, the measures began while the University was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The USDA-approved crow dispersal program is used annually on the grounds of the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg. For answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.dgs.state.pa.us and click on “Property and Asset Management” in the lefthand column, then search for “Crow Dispersal Program.”