If anyone is concerned about the number of pigeons flocking at various locations around Crookston, it’s going to be several months before anything can be done to reduce the local population’s numbers.

That was the word from City Administrator Shannon Stassen this week, after Ward 6 Council Member Tom Vedbraaten said a local businessperson approached him with complaints about the number of pigeons perching in various spots downtown.

The City, in partnership with SunOpta, had a trapper come in last year, Stassen said, but he said the trapper only works during winter’s coldest months because the pigeons are more susceptible to being lured by bait.

“They want it as cold as it can be so they can bait them,” Stassen explained. “They won’t flock up at this time of the year; winter is the only time they can catch them.”

The last time the trapper came to town, he nabbed around 450 pigeons, he noted. Stassen said the trapper did a quick inventory of the Crookston pigeon population this past winter and didn’t think any trapping activity was warranted at the time.

“They do seem to be flocking up,” Mayor Wayne Melbye said.

Stassen said the trapper, who traps pigeons throughout the region, will be contacted in the fall for some potential winter 2017-18 trapping.


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