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Cedar Rapids puts up dead crows to keep living ones away

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - In the dark of night crows take over eastern Iowa and in the light of day, we're left with the mess they leave behind.

"They're so loud and you come back in and everything's covered in droppings and it's pretty loud," said Jonny Lipford, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

The mess has many crying "fowl."

 "It's annoying," said Josie Visser, who lives in Marion. "I'm also a runner and so I run a lot on the trails and the lakes and so the geese and the crows combined definitely make for an interesting route sometimes."

Police can try to scare birds off using loud noises and bright lights.

In Cedar Rapids, a different solution. The city has put dead crows in some of the trees to try to keep living ones away.

"It's interesting to say the least," said Lipford. "But if it does deter them, I guess it's a good shot."

The birds are attached to boards,  six of them across Greene Square Park. They're hard to see from the ground but that's not the audience the city's trying to reach.

"If this is what works than I guess this is what works," said Visser.

The city just put the birds in the trees Tuesday. In the past, the city says it's taken a couple days before the dead birds scare the crows away.



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