Updated 03/12/2013 10:36 PM
Roosting crows still causing problems
Just when they thought the crows had moved on, thousands more found their way back to the City of Watertown, causing yet another crow hazing to be conducted within the city. YNN's Carmella Mataloni spoke with officials and residents on how they think these hazing tactics are working.
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- It's a problem that the city has to deal with every year: Crows. However, this time they are coming back for more.
"Usually we find by at least March, the flock stops coming in to the city. Not the case this year," said Elliott Nelson, Assistant to City Manager.
For the sixth time, Loomacres Wildlife Management has come into the city to use pyrotechnics, lasers and other tools to try and scare the crows out of their roosting patterns.
The contract the city had with Loomacres actually expired at the end of February, when the number of crows usually decreases. Since that didn't happen, Loomacres had to come back.
"We brought the wildlife management team in when it was cold. The hazing was much more effective. It pushed the flock out of the city and now we are starting to see them come back in," said Nelson.
"It depends on the group of crows. It's not always the same group of crows that are here, it could be different crows just passing through," said wildlife biologist Garrett Grilli.
Residents say the hazing tactics are a good way to keep the crows out because the amount of noise they make is a nuisance. However, it's not the only problem that concerns them. Both residents and officials agree that one of the main problems with the crows is the mess they leave behind. At Public Square, everywhere you look, they have left their mark.
"Too many of them are too much. It makes a mess on the sidewalks and it's really nasty. It's hard to clean too," said April Johnson, a Watertown resident.
"They are coming over here and decorating my pickup truck," said Michael DeFranco, a Watertown resident.
Officials are hoping this is the last time they have to conduct a crow hazing but say they will ask Loomacres to continue to help if they see crows are still roosting in the area.