6935486-3x2-700x467The downtown area of the city of Fredericton is missing thousands of feathered residents.

Areas that would normally roost hundreds of pigeons are now empty.

The city says it has not worked to remove the birds and says their absence is concerning.

“I haven’t seen too many pigeons around,” said by-law officer Don Veysey who has worked on the by-laws concerning the birds in the past.

“I’ve been checking a few areas around where we have been having problems with pigeons in the past and I’ve noticed that there is just none around.”

Don Veysey
Fredericton bylaw officer Don Veysey has worked on pigeon bylaws in the past. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Veysey says to his knowledge there has been no major project to rid the downtown of the birds and it may be something the city should look into.

“That is something to be concerned with,” said Veysey. “Pigeons are a natural phenomenon, they’ve been around here for hundreds of years. It could be something of concern.”

Checks in areas that have been traditional habitats for pigeons such as beneath underpasses, the Fredericton grandstands, and harness racing horse barns all turned up empty for the birds.

Residents have noticed the flock missing from city streets and downtown roofs.

“I haven’t seen any pigeons” said Bruce Newman, a local painter and resident of Fredericton for the last 15 years.

“There are usually lots of pigeons downtown but I haven’t seen any. I think it’s pretty unnatural. Something could be going on, but I don’t know what.”

In the four hours CBC spent trying to locate any of the birds in the downtown only seven were spotted in total.


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