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Crow Murders In Idaho Are Nothing To Squawk About: Human Scarecrows Try To Divert Bird Invasion

The Crow Management Task Force in Nampa, Idaho, uses drones, lasers and even a live hawk to scare the birds away. For the past three winters, crows have descended on the town, creating a public health hazard.

Every winter for the past three years, almost 10,000 migratory crows have descended upon Nampa, Idaho, dotting the skyline in black and squawking away.

By day the birds scavenge for food in farmland that surrounds Nampa. By night they flock to the city to roost — — on power lines and in grocery

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