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City of Rochester Begins Crow Abatement Activities
Crows have been an issue in Rochester and throughout the world for decades. The City of Rochester continues to make crow abatement a priority. Due to an increase in crow activity, abatement activities will begin for the season on November 5, 2018.
Mike Nigbur, Park and Forestry Division Head for the Park and Recreation Department highlights, “As each successive year of efforts, since 2013, there have been fewer and fewer complaints regarding the crow nuisance. Our work has not eliminated the issues, but it has seemed to disperse the crow population where it has become less problematic by comparison of when we started our concentrated efforts in 2012.”
The plan for 2018/19 abatement activities will be similar to the program that has been performed during the last several years. This includes the time of year, which is early/mid November until early February, hours of operation, and locations for service.
Seasonal, permanent, and periodic management teammates will participate in the activities again this year. Depending on the demand or need, there will be one or two person crews from late afternoon through the completion of a work shift. The abatement work will take place during the week days. No work is planned for weekends or holidays.
The abatement activity will be secondary to snow removal or other high priority work items. As in other years, the focus of the abatement work will be in the Downtown core. Some activities will occur on the fringe areas of Downtown to dissuade crows from entering Downtown. Various techniques will be used such as, distress calls, lights, lasers, airsoft pellets, and starter pistols. The Mayo Clinic will continues to be cooperative with the City of Rochester efforts, as well as providing some of their own mitigation efforts.