Rochester, N.Y. (AP) — The crows are back in Rochester, and city officials are again considering ways to scatter the nuisance birds.
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that Mayor Thomas Richards is seeking the City Council's approval for a $21,000 contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use non-lethal crow management to disperse the roost that can number in the thousands of crows.
The same crew was paid the same amount earlier this year to scatter large flocks of crows.
In recent weeks, the crows have been descending on downtown Rochester and Washington Square Park. Officials say the birds' droppings pose a potential health threat and a nuisance to people and property.
Other upstate cities have had problems with large crow populations in recent years, including Auburn, Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown.