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A look at a Crow Patrol Officer firing off a firework to scare crows within Terre Haute. (WTHI Photo, Brady Harp)

City officials have an explosive solution to the city's crow problem. They say Terre Haute has long had a crows move into the area every winter.

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017 11:49 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - If you are out and about as the sun sets in Terre Haute you may hear loud booms.

The sounds you hear are the crow patrol trying to disturb the city's pests. City officials have an explosive solution to the city's crow problem. They say Terre Haute has long had a crows move into the area every winter.

"They will sit in the trees up there and then eventually they will come try to get warm there in the city where the lights are and wherever there's food" Jamie Hughes with Terre Haute Code Enforcement says.

The sheer number of crows can cause problems to the area. City officials say they've had problems in the past from the animal waste but the situation is improving.

"We make progress. The weather has been warmer so we haven't started as early as we did last year so now it's getting cold and the problems are starting" Hughes says.

Hughes says the crow patrol has been utilizing several tools to disturb the animals before they make themselves at home in city trees.
She says the crows don't like the harsh light of a laser pointer they shine on area trees. There's also the option everyone can hear:

"We just shoot off a banger we've got a couple other things but mostly the bangers" Hughes says.

A "banger" is a loud firework that will disturb the crows. Hughes says for area residents to make sure trash is in a container where the crows can't reach it.

"Make sure with trash cans the lids are closed and any trash along the property is picked up because that's what they are looking for is food" she says.

The crow patrol is out and about disturbing crows in various location through town every weeknight. They say the Indiana State University campus usually has a large crow population.

The group usually wraps up distrubing crows around 7 or 7:30 p.m each weeknight.

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