Close-Up-Of-Pigeon-Against-Clear-SkyCouncil orders staff to investigate ways to eliminate pigeon roosting at the Canada Summit Centre entrance.

HUNTSVILLE – Pigeons have been steadfastly opposing the municipality.

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Despite the concerted effort of staff, pigeons have been roosting in large numbers at the entrance to Huntsville’s Canada Summit Centre. At the Dec. 21 council meeting, a motion was passed to escalate the town’s efforts in deterring the fowl.

Kari Lambe, executive director of community services and economic development, explained to council that there have been numerous attempts made to keep the birds from the Summit Centre and they have all been thwarted.

“We have tried a number of things in the past. We’ve tried the fake owls. We currently have the spikes. We even have the spikes serviced on a regular basis because the pigeons actually try to bump the spikes off and try to build nests on top of the spikes,” said Lambe.

“Pigeons actually try to bump the spikes off.”
– Kari Lambe
The pigeon issue has had serious consequences for the municipality. According to Lambe, staff members are routinely at the Summit Centre entrance dealing with it, which takes away from time they could be spending else where.

Scott Aitchison, mayor of Huntsville, said the whole problem has been exasperated by people within the municipality.

“I believe there are a number of well-meaning citizens feeding the pigeons at the Summit Centre. That’s probably not helping the situation,” said Aitchison.

Council voted to direct staff to investigate further options for keeping the pigeons away from the entrance.


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