Bloom­ing­ton tries to pro­tect me­ters from crow drop­pings

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BLOOM­ING­TON — Old street signs are be­ing re­cy­cled to shield park­ing me­ters from crow drop­pings i n down­town Bloom­ing­ton.

Hun­dreds of crows have been caus­ing havoc around the Mon­roe County Court­house square for the past few weeks as they’ve set­tled i nto the trees and coated the area with drop­pings.

The county has tried us­ing fake owls and ring­ing the court­house bell to scare the birds. It also i nstalled a ma­chine that pe­ri­od­i­cally emits sounds of preda­tor birds. But the crows have stayed put, cre­at­ing a messy sit­u­a­tion for park­ing en­force­ment of­fi­cers charged with clean­ing the me­ters.

Bloom­ing­ton po­lice Capt. Joe Qual­ters told The Her­ald-Times that the cov­er­ings were added this week to help pro­tect the me­ters and make clean­ing eas­ier.

Qual­ters said park­ing en­force­ment manager Raye Ann Cox came up with the plan to re­cy­cle the signs to ad­dress the un­san­i­tary sit­u­a­tion.

“She came up with an in­ex­pen­sive so­lu­tion to make the best of a sit­u­a­tion over which we re­ally have no con­trol, and we are hope­ful that it works as in­tended,” he said.

A metal strap i s used to at­tach the shields, and the cost is less than $ 15 per me­ter. Crews i den­ti­fied 16 me­ters as rou­tine tar­gets for the birds.

| AP PHOTO

Thou­sands of crows con­gre­gate in trees above the Mon­roe County Court­house square in Bloom­ing­ton. Hun­dreds of crows set­tling in trees around the Mon­roe County Court­house square in Bloom­ing­ton have caused havoc in re­cent weeks by coat­ing the area with...

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