SLO puts its pigeons on birth control, stop the flies

October 23, 2019

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

To combat the large amount bird feces and flies in and around a downtown creek, the city of San Luis Obispo has decided to lure pigeons into going on birth control. [KSBY]

Hundreds of pigeons have created a sanctuary in a tunnel beside Mission Plaza, causing multiple environmental problems in downtown SLO, including contamination of the creek and an increasing amounts of flies. The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has already cited the city for unhealthy levels of fecal bacteria in the creek.

In turn, the city has been training birds to eat from downtown feeders that have birth control in the food. City officials expect the downtown pigeon population to quickly decrease, as the pigeons currently living in the tunnel are not in a conducive habitat and have a shortened life expectancy.

City officials are working with Cal Poly to develop a spray for parts of downtown that will mitigate the fly problem. Many downtown shoppers have been frustrated with the amount of flies in the area.

The city consulted animal rights groups, including PETA, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife about the bird birth control plan.

While discussing the extent of the poop problem, City Biologist Freddy Otte said in an interview with KSBY that about 500 birds are living in the tunnel. Otte then claimed individual birds can produce the equivalent of 40 pounds of poop a day.

“If you think about a flock of 100 birds being able to produce about 4,000 pounds of poop every day, multiply that by five and you have a lot of pigeon poop going into the creek every day,” Otte said.

The interview segment that aired did not delve into how a single bird is able to produce 40 pounds of poop a day.


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1965buick

Does ‘equivalent of…’ Mean that it would be like a human excreting that much per day? I’m confused.


ActaNonVerba

What a ridiculous waste of money. All the city would need to do is issue free pigeon hunting permits to members of the local air rifle club (from sunup to sunup + 30 minutes) and falconers (24/7.)


LameCommenter

Sounds good, but pigeons are notorious carriers of asperigilosis and most falconers won’t risk their precious avian on “commies” (domestic and wild pigeons). The pigeons served up (used) at annual field trial meets of the CHC and NAFA are carefully coop raised and inspected. Also, larger Falconiformes I believe depend upon a speed drive known as a stoop and the bridge might interfere with that.


Mjd

Folks,


I quote the story: “While discussing the extent of the poop problem, City Biologist Freddy Otte said in an interview with KSBY that about 500 birds are living in the tunnel. Otte then claimed individual birds can produce the equivalent of 40 pounds of poop a day.


I say Mr. Otte is peddling a different kind of poop.


BS is always BS.


Russ J

Just trap them and exterminate them as you would rats. They are flying vermin.


laftch

The inevitable result of progressive environmental policies.


IronHub

When I was kid I had a blue parakeet I named “Pecker,” because, well, he pecked. I couldn’t figure out why all the grownups laughed at my bird. Anyway, Pecker never was able to mate because he lived his life alone, in a cage, in my bedroom. Just sayin’…


Snoid

SLO needs to rethink where all the flies come from, and it aint poop. Its the rotting flesh in the council chambers.


Erik T

Sounds like a worthy class action lawsuit, effing idiots.


Robert1

If the homeless eat the dead birds, will the birth control work on them? Just saying…..