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Hi Folks, Oak Park Illinois just introduced a new law giving themselves the power to trap and kill Pigeons, Starlings and Sparrows. See below:
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http://www.oakpark.com/News/Article...t_Marion_Street_could_face_capital_punishment
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Oak Park will soon become less pigeon friendly.

An ordinance amendment introduced at Monday's village board meeting will allow for the humane euthanasia of specific types of sparrows, starlings, and pigeons - the bird village staff calls the peskiest of all.

The continuing presence of a flock of pigeons under the newly upgraded Marion Street el viaduct, along with the mess they create, led village staff to continue looking for options. Already in 2012, $8,300 has been spent on preventative netting and power washing and $3,000 for trapping. Pigeons, however, have found a way to sneak through the netting.

The village board first discussed the issue in February when it approved spending for preventative measures at the viaduct between North and South boulevards. The village received complaints from pedestrians and nearby businesses about the droppings. There were also concerns about the continued costs and tedious cleanup.

Since discovering that the preventive measures had not been effective, health department staff met with a wildlife biologist at the United States Department of Agriculture Division of Wildlife Services for recommendations. The expert suggested a combination of trapping and the installation of bird spike strips on light fixtures to discourage the birds from roosting.

Under the new ordinance, the trapped birds will be humanely euthanized. A maximum of $15,000 is anticipated for activities related to the village's new plans.

Although pigeons are the main problem, the other birds were included since the ordinance follows a statewide standard that other municipalities use, according to Cara Pavlicek, Oak Park's interim village manager. In fact, the draft ordinance language came directly from Winnetka, which has similar problems because of its train viaducts.

Mike Charley, environmental health supervisor in the village, explained to the board that the reason to eliminate pigeons is not purely because of health concerns. Although pigeons are known to carry diseases, he said there aren't many public outbreaks related to sicknesses contracted from pigeons.

"It's really as much of a nuisance as anything to the public and costs to the public," he said. "But if we remove the flock, there is a good chance we can reduce pigeons."

Charley also indicated that because the viaducts are being renovated in the fall, it would be a waste of money to add more nets and continue the cleanup process.

Trustee Bob Tucker asked about the possibility of relocating instead of euthanizing birds, but Charley said its proven pigeons return home.

"Relocation is what we wanted to do," he said. "We don't want to euthanize pigeons."

At the sparsely attended meeting with three trustees missing, the issue was up as a first reading and will be brought back to the board's June 4 meeting for an official vote.
 

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unbelievable the ignorance and plain cruelty of human beings.....
 

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They are having a meeting tommorrow at the Oak Park Village Hall June 4th, 7 to 8:30 pm regarding their plans to euthanize the pigeons. If anyone from the area could attend in support of the birds, that would be great. Or maybe you can call before the meeting during business hours:

The location of the meeting is Council Chambers of Village Hall, 123 Madison St, Oak Park, Illinois.


Village President David Pope
708.358.5796

Village Trustee Glenn Brewer
708.358.5795

Village Trustee
John Hedges
708.358.5798

Village Trustee Ray Johnson
708.358.5788

Village Trustee Colette Lueck
708.358.5792

Village Trustee Adam Salzman
708.358.5794

Village Trustee Bob Tucker
708.358.5793

Village Clerk Teresa Powell
708.358.5670

General email and general phone number: [email protected]
708.358.5784

You can also send them a message on the Oak Park website:

http://www.oak-park.us/About_Our_Village/trustees_2006.htm


Thanks for any help!

Debijean
 

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debijean - any word on how this meeting went? Any updates?
 

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I have merged duplicate threads into one. Thank you Logan for the update.
 

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The Meeting

The meeting at Oak Park Village Hall went pretty well. They took the ossue off the agenda for now, maube because there were only Pigeon supporters who were going to speak. They said we still could speak anyway. There were 8 Pro-Pigeon, Starling, and Sparrow people speaking. They only gave us 3 minutes. They said they are going to redo the bridge in the next 18 months, starting in about 3 months. They said they will not kill the birds. I am concerned if there are any nests there when they start this renovation. I saw about 5 spots where the Pigeons could get out. All the Pigeon people had great information. It made me feel really good that all those people came to speak for the birds!

Article in Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...nize-pigeons-wont-fly-20120604,0,962427.story
 

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Thank you debijean for your update. This is good news for now. Please keep us posted.
 
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