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Watertown Crow Hazing To Begin December 19
Jan 06th, 2012

The dates have been set to try to rid the city of Watertown of its pesky crow population.

The city announced Thursday that Loomacres Wildlife Management will begin crow hazing activities on December 19 and continue through December 23.

The wildlife biologists plan to use remote controlled aircraft, recorded distress calls, lasers and pyrotechnics to shoo away the birds.

The hazing will last from dusk until dawn.

The following is a news release from the city:

At the request of the City of Watertown, Loomacres Wildlife Management, Warnerville, NY will be conducting a crow dispersal program aimed at reducing the winter crow roost within the City.

The Loomacres Wildlife Management biologists have scheduled five nights of crow hazing activities beginning December 19th, through and including December 23rd. Control methods will be employed throughout the City from dusk until dawn during this time period.

Loomacres' trained wildlife biologists will disperse crows from their roosts during the five-night period by utilizing special remote controlled aircraft, playing distress calls, firing low-yield pyrotechnics (screamers and bangers) and using handheld lasers.

These techniques should cause the crows to relocate to an alternative, more suitable roosting site outside the City and reduce the human health and safety risks associated with an urban crow roost.

Residents of the City of Watertown are advised that the use of pyrotechnics, lasers and other devises used during the crow dispersal process produce lights and noises similar to sirens and fireworks.

These activities may be heard and/or observed by local residents.

We apologize in advance for any disturbance.

Citizens are still encouraged to provide the location, estimated size, and dates and times of sightings of the crow flock.

Loomacres Wildlife Management will continue to use this information as they work to move the crow flock out of the City.

The toll-free phone number to report crow activates within the City of Watertown is 1-800-243-1462.

To report crow activities on-line, go to www.airportwildlife.com.

For further information or questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (315) 785-7730.


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