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This Minnesota City Has A Bird Poop Problem, But The Crow Patrol Is On It

Added 12-05-19 05:06:02am EST - “Rochester's fight with downtown crows and their poop intensifies each winter. Chasing them away falls to a dedicated band of city workers armed with lasers, starter pistols and crow distress calls.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “This Minnesota City Has A Bird Poop Problem, But The Crow Patrol Is On It”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

City employee Sally Vehrenkamp, a member of the Crow Patrol, uses a green laser pointer to scare crows off of buildings in downtown Rochester, Minn. Evan Frost /MPR News hide caption

City employee Sally Vehrenkamp, a member of the Crow Patrol, uses a green laser pointer to scare crows off of buildings in downtown Rochester, Minn.

Oakwood Cemetery should not be so noisy at night, but the thousands of crows encamped here this evening will not shut up.

The graveyard, perched near downtown Rochester, Minn., is alive with the creatures yelling from the trees, cutting sharp silhouettes against the gray, late fall sky.

Left to themselves, the crows will eventually make their way to downtown where — intentionally or not — they will rain down poop, creating a slimy mess for city residents as well as staff and patients at the sprawling Mayo Clinic campus.

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