Eastern Wildlife Damage Control Conferences

 

Date of this Version

February 1991

Abstract

During 1990 and 1991, feral pigeon (Columbia tivia) baiting programs using compound DRC-1339 were con in 6 cities in Kentucky and Tennessee. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Damage Control (ADC) personnel evaluated each problem site, selected bait sites, supervised prebaidng, mixed, and toxic bait. In most cases, local personnel conducted the prebaiting and disposed of dead birds. Seven pigeon flocks con 95-735 birds were reduced by up to 100% with 1 or 2 baitings with 0.37 % DRC-1339-treated bait. Most birds died at their areas or on rooftops where they were not visible to the public. Use of the bait sites by nontarget birds was minimal, and no non kills were found during carcass pickup. DRC-1339 appears to be a very effective, selective, and safe means of urban p' population reduction.