City of Evansville Tackling Downtown Pigeon Problem

The Evansville Board of Public Works approved an agreement Thursday afternoon.

Posted: Jan 28, 2021 8:06 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2021 6:31 AM

Pesky pigeons are a problem that's existed for years in Evansville, but because the city intervenes it's one you've probably never even noticed.

The Department of Transportation and Services first identified the pigeon problem back in 2012 after several business owners made complaints about the birds on their walkways.

Since then the department has hired an outside environmentalist to come in and do "pigeon mitigation" in the downtown area.

The company sets up cages where the birds normally nest, takes them out of the city, and disposes of them per state guidelines.

It's a $19,000 expense that the department's executive director says is well worth the price.

"From 2012 to now you've noticed, if you've been here a while, there's a number of sidewalk cafes along the sidewalks, which prior to that there was not that many because it wasn't as pleasant to walk down on the walkway. So we've been continuing this initiative and seems to pan out well thus far," explained Todd Robertson.

Robertson says it's a behind the scenes process, out of the public eye, that typically happens every spring.

The Evansville Board of Public Works approved the agreement earlier Thursday afternoon, so look forward to another year without a downtown pigeon problem.

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