Pigeon problems: Town of Shelburne considers new bylaw

Published on January 5, 2016

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

©Amy Woolvett photo

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.