PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - TriMet says a corporation they pay to help keep the Portland Transit Mall clean is using birds of prey to help control other bird’s bowel movements.
The agency says bird droppings create problems for commuters, soiling sidewalks, benches and public artwork, among other things. Portland-based company Integrated Avian Solutions is using falconry as a natural way to help curb the problem.
TriMet says staff at Portland Mall Management, the company they hire to help keep the transit hub clean, came up with the idea of using trained raptors to scare the crows; so far, the agency says they’re having some success with it.
Kort Clayton, the owner of Integrated Avian Solutions, estimates up to 10,000 crows roost at the Transit Mall. He says Clive, a young Harris’s hawk, is the latest weapon in the fight against the crows’ daily droppings.
“[The birds] don’t pursue crows, they don’t catch the crows, they’re not killing the crows,” Kort Clayton, the owner of Integrated Avian Solutions, said. “The crows know they’re a dangerous presence and the crows go someplace else.”
TriMet says it contracts with Portland Mall Management and Integrated Avian Solutions to help keep the Transit Mall clean.
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