Loud noises, lasers, pyrotechnics and now pellet guns. The city of Watertown is upping its counterattack to the yearly crow winter invasion.
"A majority of the council decided that we are going to step up our efforts and allow people to shoot them with pellet guns," said city council member Roxanne Burns, "but it doesn't mean everyone can do it."
Only workers with Loomacres Wildlife Management will be able to use the pellet guns. The company has a three-year crow-hazing contract with the city.
One council members has her doubts over whether killing crows is the best way to scare them away.
"It's unpleasant to see 20,000 or 30,000 crows flying over you and I get that," Teresa Macaluso said, "but I just need to be more convinced and that's why I voted it down was because I just need more convincing."
With pounds of crow droppings damaging many downtown buildings -- like the Flower Memorial Library -- some say lethal means are needed.
"If one of them is shot -- and one is dead -- that really scares the rest of the pack," Burns said, "and that's why if you take it to a higher level, that really can help with mitigating the whole crow infiltration."
Thursday, May 5, 2016, Watertown, NY
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