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Rochestarians Fear Return of Crows

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As the weather starts to get colder, it looks like the crows are back.

Last year a large number of crows settled in Rochester trees and bushes causing quite a mess. Now, it looks like they have started to return after extensive efforts by the city to get rid of them.

After a number of complaints last year, the Rochester City council approved $21,000 for the US Department of Agriculture to try spotlights, crow distress calls and pyrotechnics to remove the crows.

They began the five-day process in February and said many of the crows were gone.

Rochester Mayor, Tom Richards says the city will not put in an effort to get rid of them, unless they start to become a problem.

Richards said, "You know every time the crows show up we can't start a major effort, but if they stick around and cause the same kind of nuisance they did before, yes, we'll do something about it.

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