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Crow hazing will return to Watertown on Monday

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Wildlife biologists will be back in Watertown on Monday for another round of crow hazing.

Biologists from Loomacres Wildlife Management, Warnerville, will go out about 4:30 p.m. Monday to stir up the crows and try to drive them from their overnight roosts around the city.

Last month, biologists began their efforts to disrupt the 20,000 to 25,000 crows from their roosts in city trees, mostly in neighborhoods south of the Black River.

They are asking residents to report where crows are roosting this season.

Loomacres has provided a website and toll-free phone hotline to collect reports on the location of the crow flock.

Residents are encouraged to provide the location, estimated size of flocks, and dates and times of sightings. Loomacres will use this information when it goes out during crow-hazing activities.

To harass the crows, biologists will use pyrotechnics, lasers and other devices similar to sirens and fireworks. They might use high-powered air rifles as a last resort to shoot a handful of crows to scare them off.

The city agreed on a three-year contract with Loomacres to handle crow-hazing activities.

The Watertown City Council has expressed concerns about health and safety issues of crows making their home here during the cold weather.

Crows leave droppings on sidewalks, vehicles and buildings and seemingly all over some city neighborhoods.

For further information or questions, call the city manager’s office at 785-7730.

The toll-free phone number to report crow activities in the city is 1-800-243-1462. To report crow activities online, go to http://wdt.me/crows.

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