Ban the Cannons
and the Guns
I found this quite hard to believe, but several government sites actually suggest the use of guns as a method of scaring or killing birds. Isn't it illegal to discharge a gun in a populated area like the Fraser Valley of British Columbia?
I hope some environmental activists read my web page and follow up on the following links:
The Best One, from the Alberta Department of Agriculture regarding starling control, "Probably the most effective scare device is a .22 caliber bullet shot directly into or over a flock". If you would like to see this for yourself, I can understand because it is a bit hard to believe. The following is the site name: http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/agdex/600/685-6.html
And another suggestion about using guns from the Canadian Department of Transport. I think however in their defense, they are talking about bird situations at airports, but aren't most airports close to urban areas? http://www.tc.gc.ca/aviation/aerodrme/birdstke/manual/i/toc.htm
And finally from Environment Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service. This really is a great site that talks about all of our native birds and animals with great pictures, but read what they say about the American Robin: "Robins do considerable damage to cherry and grape crops, and to olive orchards and tomato fields while on their wintering grounds. A Canadian Wildlife Service biologist has studied methods of scaring birds away from fruit crops. He has found no effective and economical method. Acoustic bird-scaring devices, such as Av-Alarms, shooting , and netting of grape vines are only partially effective."
Yes, this Canadian Government environmental site suggests shooting as a method of controlling robins? It's hard to believe, but check it out at: http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/arobin/robin.html
And you wondered why we have so many endangered species in Canada.
That's enough about guns.
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