Guns, birth control to take on pigeon problem

MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — Miles City has a pigeon problem, and they're bringing out the big guns and the birth control.

The Miles City Star reports the city council recently voted to give police in the eastern Montana city permission to shoot some pigeons immediately as well as purchase bird-feeders with bait that would contain a chemical that would not allow the pigeons to reproduce.

Several businesses have problems with pigeons. Mayor Butch Grenz told council members he was concerned about disease caused by pigeon droppings when he had some of the birds killed around his restaurant. Some residents became upset and Grenz was ticketed for animal cruelty. City court deferred prosecution for six months.

Among those voting to take a bite out of the pigeon population — City Councilman Jerry Partridge.

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Information from: Miles City Star, http://www.milescitystar.com

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