Thanks for this reply, Storm, and for finding a way to articulate in a
very balanced way what a lot of us thought.
We always have to be mindful of humane treatment of birds, even pest
species like Mynas and Feral Pigeons / Rock Dove. I'm sure there is always
a way to deal with these problems in a way that doesn't create further
problems, and in a way that is humane.
Anyone interested in feral or nuisance bird control might find useful info
on the PiCAS website:
On Fri, November 16, 2007 7:17 pm, storm wrote:
> I'd like to really discourage the use of mouse traps as a control method
> silver gulls or any other bird.
> The damage may appear superficial when it first occurs however, anyone who
> has had a crush injury will attest, bruising takes some time to come out.
> There also the possibility of infection with the attendant risk of
> The feet of silver gulls are not as tough and robust as our fingers (for
> example) and if we hurt ourselves we can lay off and rest the area. Free
> living birds do not have that luxury.
> If you must use a mouse trap please cover them with newspaper, a tea towel
> or some other thin material, so that the bird is frightened by the noise,
> rather than actually caught.
> It also is worth while remembering that silver gulls are protected as
> fauna in most (if not all) states and that penalties apply for harming
> The original poster could contact NPWS in his state for some advice about
> legal control methods.
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