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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.