(ANDERSON) - A surge in the crow population is causing some Anderson residents to cry foul.
City Spokesperson Connie Smith says the loud and messy birds are attracted to Anderson's high buildings, warmth, and other urban features. The problem became worse than normal this winter because of the unseasonable mild weather, allowing thousands of crows to stay put instead of heading south.
Although bird droppings have been blanketing city buildings, homes, and cars, the animal control department says the unpleasant markings do not pose health risks. Smith says the problem will lessen this month as crows mate then migrate north.
She says the city is willing to work with citizens' groups to combat the problem next winter. Those teams would use noise to scare crows away before roosting.
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