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Wisconsin town hopes birth control helps reduce pigeon plague

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Posted at 12:00 AM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 20:15:55-05

LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW/CNN) -  The city of La Crosse, WI, is taking another step in trying to control the city's growing pigeon population. The Board of Public Works approved the parking utility's request to fund a $23,000 project. 

The USDA will bait and net pigeons on top of the city's parking ramps, and remove them.  Earlier this year the city spent $50,000, for pigeon cleanup in the Main Street ramp.

The city hopes this new tactic combined with food laced with contraceptives will put a dent in the problem.

"So the hope is to take a big piece of them out of circulation now, and then through the sterilization piece continue that. You're never going to get rid of them, but you're hoping to maintain a level that's easier to handle,” Flottmeyer said.

Flottmeyer says the city is working with the USDA to solidify certain days to bait the pigeons.

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