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Iowa City combats crow problem

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

As light turns to dark in downtown Iowa City, the city is swarmed by birds.

And lots of them.

"A lot of times when we have the snow cover or it gets cold, we don't have the heat, so we don't have as many as we have down there now," said Mike Moran, director of Parks and Recreation in Iowa City.

This year the unseasonably warm weather in Iowa City is creating a crow problem greater than any the city has faced in the past.

"It's a little scary for people down there but the only problem we've seen is the mess that they leave," Moran said.

The birds and their droppings have created quite a nuisance.

The city has fielded many complaints from people walking through the pedmall in the hours after the sun sets.

Because of the magnitude of the problem, the city is stepping in, setting 12 predator eye balloons lined with reflective tape in trees to try to scare the birds away.

"A hundred dollars is a nice investment to see if it's going to work," Moran said.

The city of Cedar Rapids has battled similar problems for years in one its downtown parks.

City officials say they've had success by displaying dead crows on wooden boards in the problem areas.

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