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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Rocky Mount hires N.C. falconry to eradicate pigeons

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Rocky Mount Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to hire a falconry company from North Carolina to use trained falcons and hawks, along with trapping, to eradicate pigeons in an area where they have become a nuisance.

Council voted to hire Hawk Manor Falconry, operated by Charles Gentry, to tackle the pigeon problem.

Residents have complained about pigeons congregating around the Hub Restaurant and Exchange Milling Co. on power lines, causing an unsightly mess in both locations.

Gentry's cost to eradicate the pigeons by using the hawks and falcons to either kill or harass the birds into leaving the area is $4,980.80

The project also includes bait, traps and maintenance, removal and disposal of the pigeons.

Gentry said night hawking would be used to identify locations where the birds are roosting. Then his birds of prey could catch or harass them.

The project will last about a week, and most of the work would be performed at night. Gentry said traps would be placed at locations that would not be visible to the public.

Gentry said that pigeons carry multiple diseases, cause thousands of dollars in damage to buildings and create an unsightly mess on roofs and the ground.

 
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