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'Smart, stubborn crows' refusing to leave PSU campus

By: WJAC Web Staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State University will again start the process of scaring off and trying to relocate crows from the University Park campus this weekend.

In a release, Penn State officials said workers with the Office of Physical Plant will begin the crow relocation program Friday night around dusk. Employees will be using pyrotechnic bangers and screamers the same devices staffers have used over the past few years. The community can expect to hear loud noises in the vicinity of the South Halls.

OPP officials said large flocks of crows are currently roosting in trees along Shortlidge Road. Over the past few months the crows have adapted to the laser pointers staff have been using to try to move them.

The noise from the bangers and screamers can be loud and people in the area can expect to hear the noises from dusk and for a couple of hours each night, officials said. Additional dates for relocation attempts will depend on the roosting patterns of the birds.

Officials said the migratory crows on campus are smart and stubborn and due to the cold weather, wont leave the campus as they have done so in past years.

Last year, about 3,000 migratory crows landed on campus, causing unsanitary conditions, officials said. Crews will begin pressure washing sidewalks once warmer weather days happen.

State College has also been working to remove crows from nesting in the downtown section of the borough over the past few weeks.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times