Using Cannons to Frighten Egrets

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Friday, April 6, 2012 - 1:19pm

A north Texas neighborhood is taking extreme measures to scare away a pesky bird problem by actually shooting off cannons.

It's become a battlefield.

The city of Carrollton, Texas is bringing out the big guns.

It's man against bird, specifically egrets.

These federally protect birds nested in the trees above a Carrollton street last year, leaving behind a big mess.

Residents have teamed up with the city to make sure the birds don't nest here again.

Carrollton Animals Services is helping to use legal hazing techniques such as reflective tape and noise to discourage future nesting.

"If you come out here at 6:30 at night, you will probably see 10-12 neighbors on chamberlain actively walking with air horns," said Carrollton resident Jeff Foster.

While air horns may frighten the birds, the city has something louder in mind.

They recently brought out propane canons.

They're working hard so the birds hear their message loud and clear.
 

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