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Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program

Public Alerted to Use of Exploding Shells During Evening Hours as Annual State Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program Starts Nov. 18

The Department of General Services (DGS) will resume its annual anti-roosting measures to disperse crows from the Capitol Complex.

The program will commence on Monday, November 18, 2019. The hours of operation are between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This initiative involves broadcasting of recorded distressed birdcalls and discharging of whistling and exploding devices. This process will be repeated every evening throughout the next few months until the crows have dispersed. The public is being made aware to prevent any unnecessary alarm when the program begins.

The crow dispersal program helps reduce slipping hazards for pedestrians due to the increased amount of crow waste that can accumulate on sidewalks – especially in wet weather. The program also helps reduce the damage that can be done by crow waste to the exterior of the buildings throughout the Capitol Complex.

Pennsylvania Capitol Police will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved method of discharging exploding shells and whistling devices to deter crows from roosting. The use of these methods is non-lethal and not harmful to people, crows, other animals or the environment.