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Council ponders pigeon mess in Waynesboro

September 07, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council meeting Wednesday night started with light-hearted banter about a messy problem in town.

Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon commented about hundreds of pigeons flocking in sections of Waynesboro and asked what could be done.

"Can the police shoot pigeons?" McCammon asked Police Chief Ray Shultz, who didn't respond but raised his eyebrows significantly.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said one resident used to trap the birds but has since gotten out of the business. At one time, the borough had provided the pigeons with bird seed laced with a chemical that served as birth control, he said.

That only proves effective for one generation until pigeons from another county arrive for a conjugal visit, Councilman Allen Berry said.

"We haven't gotten any pigeon-control programs since the mid-'80s," Hamberger said.

Council President Richard "Dick" George told Hamberger to talk to other boroughs about how they have handled the problem.

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