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Biologists begin crow hazing

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Biologists begin crow hazing
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Crow hazing is underway in Watertown. Wildlife biologists from Loomacres Wildlife Management are trying break up thousands of crows that are roosting in the city. YNN's Carmella Mataloni was at the hazing and tells us how biologists are trying to clear out the problem.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Pyrotechnics and lasers are just some of the tools biologists are using to try and clear out an ongoing crow problem within the city.

"When one bird finds an advantage, they all start trying to take advantage," said Wildlife Biologist, Cody Baciuska.

Cody Baciuska is the Wildlife Biologist conducting the hazing. He says with increasing temperatures in urban environments, a low predator rate and a section of habitat that attracts the crows, makes the perfect home.

"During the winter months is when they look for these advantages to monopolize to help them get through the winter," said Baciuska.

For weeks an estimated 30,000 crows have been found in various nesting spots.
Wildlife officials say with their techniques, they hope to disrupt many of the roosting patterns.

Biologists who are working on the crow hazing say that here by the river is one of the most problematic areas because of all the trees it gives crows more places to roost.

"Our efforts are going to reduce the number of them and split the flocks up. They are only a really big problem when they are forming the really large flocks," said Baciuska.

Wildlife officials hope these techniques will eventually cut the amount of crows flocking to the city in half.

Crow hazing will continue tomorrow from dusk until dawn to make sure the crows won't come back after they've been scared off.

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