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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