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On The Strip, Birds Of Prey Help With Pigeon Control


Photo by Donovan Resh

An African red-headed falcon owned by Airborne Wildlife Control Service.

In Las Vegas, pigeons are everywhere. And they’re very difficult to control. 


They seem to have some kind of car-avoidance system that keeps them from getting run over. Fake owls, even with robotic moving heads, don’t scare them. 


And on the Strip, resorts consider them a major nuisance, as they cover everything from buildings to people in droppings. 


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No one’s figured out how to get rid of them entirely. But raptors, birds of prey like hawks, are being used to scare them off — not eat them.

(Editor's Note: This interview originally aired August 2019)


Civon Gewelber, owner, Airborne Wildlife Control Services

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