Pigeons and birth control

pigeon   I was sipping my coffee this morning when I stumbled upon the following article,

“City considers birth control for pigeons”. It made me really take pause and wonder where do we draw the line between humane and insane.

At last check neither the lowly bread crumb eating pigeon nor its habitat (Store awnings here),

were on any endangered lists. The only good I have seen come of them is as a food source for the local hawk population.

Don’t get me wrong, I like birds and bugs for that matter. That said I consider the pigeon the
cockroach of the bird kingdom. I may be bias as I have had my own issues with them over the years.

A few quotes from the article:

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“It always sounds like such a silly thing, but council is concerned about pigeon faeces and all the complaints we get,” said Trail city councillor Robert Caccioni.

“They get to have all the fun but no babies,” Caccioni said.

So there I sit with some vision of some guy running around on the tax payers dime chasing the darn critters with a box of pills. Then I consider the cost of just putting them down. Would that endanger the species? I am sure that it would be a lot more cost effective.

Draw your own opinion the article can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/04/11/bc-trail-pigeon-control.html

 

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