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Loud noise to be used to scare off crows

January 04, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown Department of Public Works employees will again use noisemakers to scare roosting birds from trees in Hagerstown neighborhoods.

City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Tuesday the city needs to develop a plan to clean up the bird droppings that cover some areas around downtown.

According to a statement from the city, the noisemakers, which sound like firecrackers, will be used in the following areas:

* South of Antietam Street and west of South Locust Street.

* North of Baltimore Street and east of Prospect Street.

* East Avenue.

* Jonathan Street.

* Between Walnut Street and Wesel Boulevard.

* North Prospect Street and Church Street.

The noisemakers will be used between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. through Saturday.

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The city also used the noisemakers last month to try to scare away the birds. Before that the city sprayed a bird-repelling grape extract on downtown trees.

Thousands of birds, mostly crows, roost in city neighborhoods in cold weather.

The birds disperse in the spring and summer.

Metzner said the city should not only try to get the birds to move away but also do something about the bird droppings.

He said a section of Jonathan Street "aesthetically couldn't get much worse."

He said the city should take care of cleaning up the droppings.

"Cleaning up this bird stuff is like the removal of snow," he said.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure on Tuesday again called for harsher treatment of the birds.

"If we had 100,000 rats ... we wouldn't just shuffle them around," McClure said.

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