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November 15, 2017

Date: November 15, 2017
Contact: Tyler DeLisle                                                                      
USDA APHIS, Wildlife Services 
518-268-2280 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

For Immediate Release

ALBANY, NY -- From 4:30-8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, November 20 and 21, wildlife biologists will be conducting a non-lethal dispersal of fall and winter roosts of American Crows that typically gather in Albany this time of year. The dispersal will take place in the areas surrounding Hackett Blvd. and Sheridan Blvd. in Albany. The City of Albany requested assistance to scatter the crows because of their droppings and the ruckus they create. 

The non-lethal dispersal will be conducted by wildlife biologists from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will be driving marked vehicles and wearing uniforms and a yellow safety vest marked “USDA Wildlife Services.” 

The work will be repeated at two-week intervals throughout winter where roosts develop.  

The non-lethal methods used to disperse crows include pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers, and recorded crow distress calls that are amplified. Several of these methods produce loud noises and flashing lights similar to sirens and fireworks that frighten birds and may be heard or observed by local residents. 

Residents are strongly encouraged to place household trash in containers with lids to discourage crows from feeding. Residents may also use bright flashlights to disperse crows roosting in trees. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler DeLisle at Wildlife Services at 518-268-2280 between at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

WHAT: Non-lethal Crow Dispersal
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, November 20 and 21
WHERE: Areas surrounding Hackett Blvd and Sheridan Boulevard, Albany, NY


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