Pigeon poop update: Republicans might want to carry umbrellas

Problem pigeon: John McCain, I've got that bald spot on the top of your head targeted for one of my droppings.
Problem pigeon: John McCain, I've got that bald spot on the top of your head targeted for one of my droppings.Courtesy Josh215
Aboout a year ago, the Buzz brought you news that St. Paul city officials were taking steps to reduce (with the ultimate goal of eliminating) the pigeon population in downtown. The thought was, with the Republican National Convention coming, the city didn't want out-of-towners having to watch their step on the sidewalks for messy pigeon droppings.

As a regular pedestrian through downtown, I can attest that the year's worth of efforts haven't made much of a difference. There are plenty of pigeons, and their droppings, still around downtown. Unless we host a massive falcon-hawk-eagle convention in the next week, the GOP is going to have to be on the lookout for pigeon GOOP.

None the less, St. Paul officials are cranking up their efforts to reduce the pigeon population. While earlier efforts focused on building delux nesting sites for the birds, and the confiscation of their eggs after they were laid, they've turned to pigeon birth control methods. Read all about it here in this Star-Tribune interview with the city's animal control officer. That all begs the question, were do you get pigeon condoms?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Is St. Paul that poopy of a city? You know, literally?

I wouldn't want to sleep under a skyway, but beyond that I don't feel like we're exactly swimming in guano.

Pigeon condoms? You know the best way to control pigeon populations? Silver bullets.

Wait—I'm thinking of werewolves. I guess regular bullets probably work on pigeons. There has to be someone from the NRA coming for the convention, right? Give them a gift certificate, and set them loose. Everybody wins (except the birds).

posted on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 2:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hehee. what about the different types of birds?

posted on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 1:03pm
bryan kennedy's picture

The article refers to the scoflaws who feed the pigeons food. It seems like this would be a great place to concentrate their efforts. I see quite a few people feeding tons of stale bread to the pigeons every day when I walk through Rice Park. I wonder how much of the urban pigeon population boom is due to human feeding.

posted on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 8:51pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Oh and by the way...looks like Saint Paul Animal Control is even hiring, if pigeon eradication is a career you might be interested in.

posted on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 8:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Thanks for keeping us up ot date on the national scene!

posted on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 11:47pm

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <h3> <h4> <em> <i> <strong> <b> <span> <ul> <ol> <li> <blockquote> <object> <embed> <param> <sub> <sup>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • You may embed videos from the following providers vimeo, youtube. Just add the video URL to your textarea in the place where you would like the video to appear, i.e.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Images can be added to this post.

More information about formatting options