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Aggressive and messy, gulls are the new urban menace


Like something out of a Hitchcock movie, they're lined up along the rooftops of buildings, on parking lots, on grassy plots, on the gravel wasteland left behind by demolition of the Park East Freeway spur. Gulls. They're everywhere, it seems - and so are their droppings.

Almost as numerous as the birds are the methods used to chase them away: wire mesh, noisemakers, firecrackers, fake owls, even border collies. Manitowoc has resorted to shooting. But such tactics can go only so far, experts say. Nudged out of one roosting area, the remarkably adaptable ring-billed gulls will most likely just move on to another.   more...


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