The crow hunting season is a New York State DEC policy. 
It doesn't make sense to me.  I don't think people eat them. 
There are other DEC policies about killing animals that are
damaging farm crops outside of hunting seasons, I believe. 
I think the policies of Auburn were to try to deter the birds,
not outright kill them.  However there were a few guys with
guns who set up just outside Auburn itself to try to shoot
crows.  Again, it doesn't make sense to me unless they
were trying to feed their families, which I doubt
And again, corrections welcome. 
--Dave Nutter

On Dec 16, 2010, at 10:40 AM, Michele Emerick Brown <m...@cornelledu> wrote:

Sadly—(and I hope to be corrected)—but I think Auburn’s solution was to institute a crow hunting season.



From: [] On Behalf Of Asher Hockett
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:36 PM
To: Andrew Roe
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?


Large roosts of crows are famous. A few years ago, Auburn, NY, near the upper reaches of Cayuga Lake, had to resort to drastic (but non-violent) measures to rid the city of tens of thousands of them. Maybe Ithaca has a reputation for being more crow friendly. Here we have our own "reverse pied piper" in crow expert Kevin McGowan, who will likely add his educated perspective to my unscientific babbling

They are using the slopes of south hill which lead down into 6 Mile Creek and the neighborhoods bordering the creek area for the roost these days (or nights, actually).

On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:05 PM, Andrew Roe <> wrote:

This is only my second winter in Ithaca (I'm a grad student, here from the southeast) so I don't really know how normal this is- but there seem to be an ENORMOUS number of crows around downtown Ithaca and Cornell- swirling at dusk, covering roofs, nearly toppling trees, blotting out the sun, etc.


Can someone in the know let me know what's going on? Are these all birds passing through, or is there some sort of monumental attack on the Lab of O in the works?






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