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Piergowers protest pigeon poisoning

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

From WWSB ABC 7 Florida:

“They were flopping around falling into the water.”

SARASOTA COUNTY – Fishermen at the Venice Fishing Pier say dozens of pigeons began dying Monday morning. Turns out a pest control company for Sharky’s restaurant used a poison to rid the waterfront business from what they call a health hazard.

Noel Hackelberg says while fishing on the pier Monday, birds literally began to fall from the sky. “They were flopping around falling into the water. The guy was coming around trying to pick them up as fast as he could.”

Estimates from fisherman like Barry Garman say it was about 50 pigeons. He says it was a terrible sight. “It’s disgusting. There was a mom with a small child and she had to leave because the child was so upset to see what was going on. There was no warning to anybody that this was going to happen.”

On a windy Wednesday, birds swirled around the pier and restaurant. Manager Justin Pachota says they have a growing pigeon problem. “It is sort of a health risk. You have feathers and pigeon feces that are coming into play. We have had complaints from patrons.”

That’s why they say they hired someone to poison their plethora of pigeons after months of trying other non-lethal methods. “We tried sonic transmissions to keep the birds away, statues…transmitting eagle sounds.”

“This is quite upsetting.” Kevin Barton with the Wildlife Center of Venice says they’ve helped save some of the birds over the years and are concerned about what has happened; concerned for other protected birds there, too. “I care for all the animals, but when you are talking about the potential. We got reports that a Bald Eagle had caught two. It would not surprise me.

Read the original article here

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From Bird-B-Gone:

There are many humane alternatives to lethal bird control and a few reasons why physical bird deterrents may be more effective. Poisoning birds is not only inhumane and a potential PR disaster, it’s really only putting a band-aid on an existing problem.  Removing birds does not address the factors that are attracting the birds to the affected area in the first place. Once you remove birds from a property, you are simply leaving vacancy for new ones to move in. Addressing the reason why the birds are attracted to the area, by using physical bird deterrents such as Bird Spikes or Bird Netting will yield lasting results.

If you have a pest bird problem, Bird-B-Gone can help in a few ways. If you want a professional to come out and take care of the situation, Bird-B-Gone works with a network of authorized installers across the U.S. who can help solve bird problems for homes and commercial and industrial buildings. If you are a pest control operator or installer, Bird-B-Gone offers a complete line of professional grade bird deterrents to accommodate your customer’s needs. Give us a call at 1-800-392-6915, email us at nobirds@birdbgone.com, or visit http://www.birdbgone.com.

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