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Posted on: December 8, 2017

City of Nampa explores possible crow deterrents in the Downtown area

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The city of Nampa is exploring different options to fight the masses of crows gathering in the Downtown Nampa area. The city has received several complaints. Research so far shows that a multi-pronged approach is necessary to disrupt the crows roosting habits.

Nampa Police officers have been authorized to shoot crows in the Downtown area through Sunday night. They started Thursday night. Dead crows on top of buildings are known as one deterrent. But it is not the solution. Discharging a firearm within the city limits is prohibited, unless the mayor gives permission, which he did in this case for Nampa Police.

Although crows forage for food in nearby fields during the colder months, they congregate in town where its warmer, in part because of the street lights.

“It’s a dilemma,” Mayor Bob Henry said. “At what point should taxpayer dollars be used to fight the crows? By doing nothing, the crow murders in the city, particularly in the Downtown area, create a daily mess and can potentially cause health hazards.”

“In the case of Caldwell, it took 15 years of trying different options. It’s going to require a concerted effort on the part of all the stakeholders to let the crows know they are not wanted in Downtown Nampa,” Henry said. “Those long-term decisions will depend on decisions that Mayor-Elect Debbie Kling and the City Council will make after the first of the year.”

Meanwhile, in addition to shooting crows, Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas has agreed to let the city of Nampa borrow, for testing purposes, the hazers that Caldwell used in its battle against crows in the Walmart parking area a few years ago.

“I appreciate the fact that Caldwell volunteered the trial use of the bird repellent hazer when Nampa city staff called to ask questions about Caldwell’s experience with the crows,” Henry said.

Nampa is exploring that option now and must still order the repellent. Caldwell used a patented hazer device to emits methyl anthranilate at precise levels. Methyl anthranilate is another word for a food flavoring found in grapes. The product is carried in a soybean oil base and made from the skin of a concord grape. According to the company’s website, methyl anthranilate will not make people or animals sick. Find more information about the company’s product here: www.flockfree.com.

Downtown Nampa businesses created some disruptive noises Thursday night between 9 and 11 p.m. and that seemed to help a bit, Downtown Coordinator Morgan Treasure said Friday.

Here’s a link about crows. https://extension.psu.edu/managing-urban-crow-roosts-in-pennsylvania-and-the-northeast

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