Rochester,MN (KROC AM News) -  The Rochester City Council was briefed Monday on the city’s ongoing crow abatement program.  

It began a few years ago after the city was swamped by calls about the thousands of crows that had moved  into the downtown during the winter season, creating a big mess.

The Council was told the Park Department has been spending around $50,000 per year in its effort to convince the crows to roost somewhere else.

This year’s effort will likely begin this week. It involves city employees and volunteers who spend the evening and overnight hours driving around the downtown, harassing the birds with noise and lasers.  

It’s estimated there are as many as 15,000 - 20,000 crows that spend the winter in the city.
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