Terre Haute Group Shoots To Control Crows Starting Next Week

In Terre Haute, fireworks in the fall are not celebratory -- they are anti-bird measures.

Crows

Photo: Richard Carter (Flickr)

For the second year, volunteers will use fireworks to scare crows in Terre Haute.

Next week, the Terre Haute Crow Planning Committee will attempt to start dispersing the pesky blackbirds by using fireworks. The crows have begun passing through the city on their annual migration route and the city will again try to keep them from collecting in some of their favorite roosts.

Committee head Jim Luzar says the groups started using pyrotechnics in 2010 and will apply the lessons learned last year to this year’s effort.

“One thing we learned from the 2010- 2011 campaign was that we are not going to, you know, move the birds to designated areas,” Luzar says. “We are going to try to distribute and thin out the roosting population across significant areas of the city so as to mitigate the chance roosting where we have thousands of birds roosting in a very narrow area, maybe less than a city block.”

Luzar says the city is not trying to kill the birds. It is just trying to scare them enough to keep them from congregating and creating a big mess.

“The crow manure is a very big issue in a more restricted urban setting,” he says. “There are people who have had accidents slipping on fresh crow droppings, we have had cars that, cars that were refused washing because the crowd droppings were so severe.”

The committee will seek volunteers plans to shoot off the fireworks Tuesday, with the group setting out from City Hall.

  • Anonymous

    Very disappointing. I am so angry with these  people blasting continually night after night right outside our window! I had to hold back my daughter last night who wanted to go scream at them, even though it would have given me satisfaction to do the same.  I love the Crows, love to hear them and watch them, have never even seen much Crow poop in town and have lived here for many years! I have had two pet crows, that were free, and they are very very intelligent and loving birds.  Those people in Terre Haute who want to run around with a fireworks gun scaring people at night, believe me I see neighbors run outside to see where the really loud gun shots are coming from, disturbing our peace over  Crows flying by make me want to go to their house at night and shoot rifles next to their windows for a couple hours every night!  Not to mention if one of those fireworks starts a fire on my roof you can be sure I will be suing their gun playing selves personally for all I can. You all sound like crotchety old hicks. All that money raised (I hope not our tax money) could be used to help people in this highly unemployed City or to a much better use!  I heard they were supposedly (still running around chasing them with loud shots) using green lazers now, has anyone looked into any damage this may cause their eyes, or how all this disturbance of our peace is affecting other migratory birds as well?  I park my car under the trees, and obviously must be an area where they think the crows are a problem as I have to hear my windows rattle every night and jump out of my chair, and I would much rather clean a few bird poop off than this irritating nonsense.

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