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Hannibal City Council votes to poison pigeons

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 7:32 a.m. CDT; updated 12:20 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HANNIBAL — Hannibal will use poison to reduce the number of pigeons that are roosting in the city.

The Hannibal City Council voted last night to spend $3,560 for the first eight weeks of service from Reliable Pest Control, with an additional $720 for 28 days of maintenance.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reported that the company will start by putting feeding stations on eight buildings to attract the birds. In the fifth week, the company will put out Avitrol, a fast-acting poison. The company says the birds will literally fall out of the sky, so city employees will be asked to collect the dead birds.

Councilman Mike Dobson said the pigeon population needs to be reduced because the birds' waste can carry potentially fatal illnesses such as E. coli.


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Mark Foecking October 17, 2012 | 7:48 a.m.

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.
Life is skittles and life is beer.
I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring.
I do, don't you? 'course you do.
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me,
And makes ev'ry sunday a treat for me.

All the world seems in tune
On a spring afternoon,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.
Ev'ry sunday you'll see
My sweetheart and me,
As we poison the pigeons in the park.
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/tom+lehrer/... ]
When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide,
But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide.
The sun's shining bright,
Ev'rything seems all right,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

Lalaalaalalaladoodiedieedoodoodoo

We've gained notoriety,
And caused much anxiety
In the audubon society
With our games.
They call it impiety,
And lack of propriety,
And quite a variety
Of unpleasant names.
But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon.

So if sunday you're free,
Why don't you come with me,
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park.
And maybe we'll do
In a squirrel or two,
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

We'll murder them all amid laughter and merriment.
Except for the few we take home to experiment.
My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strychnine
We feed to a pigeon.
It just takes a smidgin!
To poison a pigeon in the park.

-Tom Lehrer

DK

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