Pigeon problems: Town of Shelburne considers new bylaw

Amy Woolvett
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There are lots of pigeons in some areas in the Town of Shelburne.

SHELBURNE: The Town of Shelburne wants to get rid of what they call their "flying rat" problem.

Pigeons  are a growing problem in the Town of Shelburne.

“Pigeons are know to carry, or at least produce deadly pathogens in their feces, in particular Histoplasmosis, to name only one of many,” read a staff report.  “This is a sensitive issue as it involves living creatures but at the same time they are regarded as flying rats and damage properties.”

Staff is directed to look into ways to exterminate the pigeon population in town or to reduce it to a tolerable level.

The issue of feeding pigeons, ducks and other waterfowl in town is also a problem the town plans to address in a new bylaw saying it has become a safety issue for people on streets and in traffic.

“Feeding waterfowl can interfere with their natural migration process and feeding in inappropriate public locations can create a traffic safety hazard, endangering motorists and birds,” read the report.

It is recommended council give first reading of the new bylaws.


Geographic location: Shelburne

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Recent comments

  • Patricia Harris
    January 06, 2016 - 16:46

    Are you serious? A pigeon problem??? SERIOUSLY! I work everyday on Water Street...right in the middle of town...and I never see a pigeon! I see ducks on the water front, maybe a half dozen pigeons at the car wash.... But a pigeon PROBLEM? I guess I need to get my eyes checked again....

  • Jim jenner
    January 05, 2016 - 21:46

    Histoplasmosis from pigeons is not a serious public health threat any more than it is to someone keeping chickens. It occurs naturally in the soil and is certainly not something produced by the bird as the staff report claims. This is a tired old charge using a scary sounding disease specifically against pigeons. Look up the disease and you'll see it is not only rare but is caused by bat guano or chicken droppings as much as pigeons or any other bird.