I've seen photos of them showing off their "kills"-it's not to feed their families. I knew I misspoke when I said that Auburn instituted the policy. They are utilizing the policy.
But, you are correct when you say that Auburn has also tried to scare them away. This is a link to press coverage about the issue, called a "wildlife killing contest" until 2005: http://lodestone.org/people/hoss/ar/crowshoot/ I haven't heard much about it for a few years. Michele From: bounce-7532814-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7532814-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:42 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Auburn and crow hunting 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. http://www.tonews.com/post/3339713/clari/web/local/newyork/misc/ny_crow_hunt_expected_to_draw_crowd.html From: bounce-7530811-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7530811-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Asher Hockett Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:36 PM To: Andrew Roe Cc: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu 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 <andrew.walker....@gmail.com<mailto:andrew.walker....@gmail.com>> 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? Thanks, Andrew -- asher -Never play it the same way once. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html 3) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --