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Church cuts down tree because of crows

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A massive tree and fixture of Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Rochester came down Wednesday morning. Why? Blame it on the crows.

Church officials said they hate to see a tree be cut down, especially in downtown Rochester, but they said a number of reasons led to the decision.

The Rev. Nick Mezacapa said the tree was beginning to show signs of disease which would require years of treatment, and church officials were worried about branches falling on the building.

Mezacapa also said fall out from the tree was a significant problem for the church because leaves clogged the gutter and required a lot of upkeep in the courtyard.

On top of that, Mezacapa said the tree was a favorite roosting spot for crows.

"I mean it's not like there's 80," Mezacapa said. "There's thousands of them, and they really do drop a mess around. And because this courtyard is such a prime place, we wanted to make sure that it would be a comfortable place where people could come and not have to worry about where they sat."

Mezacapa said the tree was at least 45 to 50 years old, but church officials will count the rings to find out the exact age.

Calvary Episcopal plans to plant shorter evergreen trees in the courtyard in place of the tree cut down.

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