The citys crow hazing is set to begin a day after Christmas.
Wildlife biologists from Loomacres Wildlife Management, Warnerville, will be in Watertown for three days next week as a part of their efforts to rid the city of the pesky birds. They will be out from dusk to dawn from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28.
They will also conduct follow-up hazing activities from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4.
The wildlife biologists plan to use lethal means as part of the arsenal to rid the city of crows. As part of those efforts, they will use high-powered air rifles to shoot some of the crows. City officials hope that by witnessing a few being killed, other birds will get scared off and leave the city.
They also will use such hazing methods as playing distress calls, firing low-yield pyrotechnics and using hand-held lasers to scare away the flocks.
They hope to find a more suitable roosting area for the birds to stay at night, in hopes of reducing the human health and safety risks associated with an urban crow roost.
During the hazing activities, residents may witness or hear some of the techniques that will be used during the hazing.
In recent weeks, residents have been providing information about the citys crow flock, such as the location, estimated size and dates and times of crow-flock sightings, by phone or online. The wildlife biologists will use this information when they are here.
The toll-free phone number to report crow activities in the city is 1 (800) 243-1462. To report crow activities online, go to www.airportwildlife.com/crows.php.
For further information or questions, call the city managers office at 785-7730.