Rousing crows from their Capitol roost

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 1, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The 16th annual crow dispersal program begins this afternoon at the state Capitol Complex.

As the days get shorter and weather gets colder, crows annually seek cover in the state Capitol Complex. But massive flocks of birds bring massive amounts of waste.

Department of General Services spokesman Troy Thompson says the dispersal program is necessary.

“To ensure that the crows don’t put their waste on the ground and cause slipping hazards or damage the exteriors of our buildings throughout the Capitol Complex,” he explains.

Thompson says Capitol Police will fire blanks and discharge whistling devices to scare the crows away from the area.

“We’ve made sure that the process is not harmful to humans, crows, other animals or the environment,” he says.  

The crow dispersal efforts will begin at 5 p.m. each afternoon until the birds get the message. The program typically a month-and-a-half or longer.

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