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U.S. Government Poisons Crows<br><br>
Animal News Center<br><br><br><br>
An American Crow<br><br><br><br>
May 19, 2003 For a second year in a row, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services poisoned hundreds of crows in Alexandria, Va., in response to complaints about the birds' calls and droppings.<br><br><br><br>
According to the department, the calls are merely irritants, but the droppings pose a public health threat because Histoplasma capsulatum, a fungus, often appears in soil "enriched" by the birds.<br><br><br><br>
A number of animal advocates have objected to the poisoning.<br><br><br><br>
"There are many effective non-lethal approaches to human-crow conflicts," said Fund for Animals Urban Wildlife Director Laura Simon. "Alarm call tapes, laser beam devices and pyrotechnics ... have been proven highly effective in repelling crows from areas where they are not wanted."<br><br><br><br>
The advocates' objections also stem from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finding that the risk posed by Starlicide, the poison used to kill the crows, to untargeted animals is significant.<br><br><br><br>
"It's far better to teach existing birds to stay away from certain areas than to keep poisoning and then see how crows from the surrounding area quickly take their place," said Simon.<br><br><br><br>
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Name: American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)<br><br>
Primary Classification: Corvidae (Jays and Crows)<br><br>
Location: North America<br><br>
Habitat: Common habitats are woodlands, farms, fields, river groves, shores and towns.<br><br>
Diet: Fruit, grain, corn, snails, salamanders, small birds, mice, eggs, toads, insects, shellfish and carrion.<br><br>
Size: Up to 21 in inches in length.<br><br>
Description: Charcoal black; stout, black bill; stocky; black feet; fan-shaped tail<br><br>
Cool Facts: They have a very complex set of vocal cords and, like parrots, can be taught an assortment of words.<br><br>
Conservation Status: Common
 

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You'd think a species who thinks it's so damned smart can use that brain to come up with a better way to do someting than throw yet more poisons into the environment which ultimately supports humans. There is enough knowledge to show all poison use is something that should be avoided if even for purely human seflish reasons (ie, keep "our" environment safe).<br><br><br><br>
But I find poisoning creatures to be one of the most horrible things. I wish this world could devote it's energies it uses in bickering and killing each other in wars and greed battles to make this world a far better place. It could happen. If only humans would change.
 

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I agree, dk_art. And on top of everything else, it just doesn't make any sense. If they poison the crows who are in a certain area, it will just "open up" the territory for more crows to move into, and then they will just poison them, and the cycle will continue.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, crows are intelligent birds and good mimics. I don't really understand why people would find them so objectionable.
 
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