New York City Proposing Drastic Measures in an Effort to Control Pigeon Population

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A New York City council member is proposing steep fines, feeding contraceptives to birds and employing hawks as methods of pigeon control in the big city.

Pigeon control has become a hot topic in country's most populous city. City council member Simcha Felder is asking council to levy fines of as much as $1000 to people caught feeding pigeons. In addition, he would like to see the city distribute bird contraceptives and even employ hawks to scare the birds away.

According to media reports, he believes the government needs to take responsibility for the issue and take drastic measures to end the reign of pigeons on the city.

There are many proponents against these measures, including local citizens and animal rights groups. "Other cities have tried similar measures and have done little to affect pigeon control," states Davey Jones from DeterAPigeon. "Pigeons are smart creatures and provide a city like New York with some wildlife."

New York City has tried other pigeon control methods previously. In 2003, they utilized a hawk to scare pigeons in Manhattan Park. The program was halted after only a few months when the hawk attacked a Chihuahua.

Felder's feeding legislation will likely be introduced this month. He is reported as saying he is confident it will pass by the summer.

Jones from DeterAPigeon urges cities throughout the country to install humane pigeon control methods like their Defender anti roosting spikes. "These spikes prevent pigeons from perching on your property without injury. The bird spikes are simply glued onto any window, pipe or ledge where pigeons roost. The dense pattern of protruding pints makes it impossible for pigeons to land, encouraging them to go elsewhere without hurting them," Jones explains.

Any individual, business or government employee interested in learning more about humane pigeon control methods is encouraged to visit the DeterAPigeon website or to contact them directly for further information.

For 10 years, Deterapigeon has been a leader in safe pigeon spike solutions in the UK. In 1995, David Jones, Director of Deterapigeon invented and patented the Defender 4 pigeon spikes which safely deter pigeons without harming them. This still remains the only pest control product recommended by the Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS).


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