‘Coffins’ Built to Scare Crows

DSC_6947a800What’s the best way to get rid of crows? Build them a coffin. It seems scarecrows aren’t enough anymore, now the birds need to be reminded or their mortality to be scared off. The Connecticut Post reports:

The crows are back in Cedar Rapids.

Thousands have been congregating at night in Green Square Park downtown. They’ve been roosting in park trees for years in winter, leaving their droppings underneath. The birds are believed to be attracted by a relatively warm downtown microclimate.

The Gazette of Cedar Rapids says the city is preparing its usual — and unusual — arsenal to fight back: “crow coffins.”

The oddly devised scarecrows were invented by veterinarian Russell Anthony in 2006. City officials say the crow coffins are the only thing that’s frightened away the birds.

The coffins are two dead crows attached to boards that are placed in the park’s trees, 10-15 feet below the treetops.

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  • Vagabond78666

    This is nothing new. I am from east texas and to keep crows out of your pecan trees you kill one or two of them and hang their dead bodies from the pecan tree. It works. crows are very smart and even know the difference in a gun and a stick.

  • Vagabond78666

    This is nothing new. I am from east texas and to keep crows out of your pecan trees you kill one or two of them and hang their dead bodies from the pecan tree. It works. crows are very smart and even know the difference in a gun and a stick.

  • Haystack

    When I was in college, crows would congregate en-masse at a certain time of the year, just around dusk, and cackle in unison. It was sooo eerie–I loved it.

  • Haystack

    When I was in college, crows would congregate en-masse at a certain time of the year, just around dusk, and cackle in unison. It was sooo eerie–I loved it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnMeetsFKennedy JMFK

    Call me a mindless ambientalist zealot, an urban kid (since I’ve always lived in the city and I don’t know how’s the life in the fields), a faggot, a cancer, a piece of shit, an irritated colon, a killjoy, a newfag; call me whatever you like but I find this scare-crow strategy a little to much fucking heartless.

    Crows are very intelligent creatures. I think it’s a horrible waste to kill such a magnificent creature.
    In certain degree it is like killing another human.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnMeetsFKennedy JMFK

    Call me a mindless ambientalist zealot, an urban kid (since I’ve always lived in the city and I don’t know how’s the life in the fields), a faggot, a cancer, a piece of shit, an irritated colon, a killjoy, a newfag; call me whatever you like but I find this scare-crow strategy a little to much fucking heartless.

    Crows are very intelligent creatures. I think it’s a horrible waste to kill such a magnificent creature.
    In certain degree it is like killing another human.

  • http://shalilayo.net/ Justin Mitchell

    You have to love human mentality. Anything not human is ok to kill. If it poops from the tree onto the ground, you better get rid of them. We just have to keep the nature out of our pristine concrete world. I agree with the first poster; killing crows is tantamount to killing humans as far as I am concerned. Of course, I feel that way about killing anything. We are a race that has become so callous to killing that we squish, splat, shoot, stab, trap, and bait anything not human either out of annoyance, or for recreation. The idea of coexisting and learning tolerance is just too much for humans. God has given us dominion over the animals of the Earth, therefore we can kill them whenever we want, right???

    • David

      As animals ourselves, we have the right to kill things of course – like any other creature. But what we havent the right to do is lose all respect for nature and the way it works! Crows are wonderful birds and i fail to see what harm they are doing here??? The article doesnt say much – so i can only assume that these crows have been haunting the city at night plucking out maidens’ eyes to merit a reaction like this.

      Maybe we could try something similar to prevent annoying drivers parking all over my street. A couple of dead people riveted to a car bonnet and hung from the lamp post ought to do it . . . wow, i never realised these were viable possibilities!

      sorry – now i am getting sarcastic . . .

  • http://shalilayo.net Jalorm

    You have to love human mentality. Anything not human is ok to kill. If it poops from the tree onto the ground, you better get rid of them. We just have to keep the nature out of our pristine concrete world. I agree with the first poster; killing crows is tantamount to killing humans as far as I am concerned. Of course, I feel that way about killing anything. We are a race that has become so callous to killing that we squish, splat, shoot, stab, trap, and bait anything not human either out of annoyance, or for recreation. The idea of coexisting and learning tolerance is just too much for humans. God has given us dominion over the animals of the Earth, therefore we can kill them whenever we want, right???

  • David

    As animals ourselves, we have the right to kill things of course – like any other creature. But what we havent the right to do is lose all respect for nature and the way it works! Crows are wonderful birds and i fail to see what harm they are doing here??? The article doesnt say much – so i can only assume that these crows have been haunting the city at night plucking out maidens’ eyes to merit a reaction like this.

    Maybe we could try something similar to prevent annoying drivers parking all over my street. A couple of dead people riveted to a car bonnet and hung from the lamp post ought to do it . . . wow, i never realised these were viable possibilities!

    sorry – now i am getting sarcastic . . .