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The crows may soon leave downtown Rochester


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The crow problem in downtown Rochester has been a hot topic. Now, city council and Mayo Clinic are teaming up with a new strategy to get rid of the birds. The latest suggestion to send the crows flying involves hawks and falcons.

The Rochester Council is considering working with United States Bird Abatement Services. It's a business that would come to town for about 3 to 7 days. The company would assess the situation and then release falcons and hawks to disrupt the crows normal routine. City council President, Dennis Hanson, hopes the birds will leave the warmth of Mayo's buildings in the downtown area.

"We're not going after and killing all the birds, we're just driving them out of their normal routine, which will send them on to a different part of our community," said Hanson.

At this point, no contracts have been signed and this is just one idea city council and mayo are considering. The service would cost around $1,200-dollars per day. In the past Hanson said they've hung dead crows, balloons and even streamers to try and shoo the birds away.

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