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MTA using bird calls to keep pigeons at bay

March 19, 2012 2:24:05 PM PDT
There is a new way to deal with pigeon problems around the city.

A company has come up with a system that is helping the MTA clean up the Roosevelt Island subway station.

Some say its good luck to have a pigeon poop on your head.

Try telling that to a Canadian news reporter who became a YouTube star for having that happen.

Knowing those risks, Eyewitness News went in search of pigeons and they're prey: the New York City straphanger.

"The pigeons used to drop their, number two. (Did it ever hit you?) Yes," said Jeanette Brown, a Queens straphanger.

They drop their number two on you and it's bad to step in it. One time they even ran the kids out of the park," said Elizabeth Mallard, a Fresh Meadows, Queens straphanger.

Riders say hundreds of pigeons took over the Roosevelt Island subway station, leaving feathers and feces behind.

Riders tell Eyewitness News it used to be a game of cat and mouse getting into the subway station.

They would look up hoping not to get hit with a torpedo and look down trying not to step in it.

So the MTA came to their rescue.

First, they used netting that looks like chicken wire but that didn't work.

So, the agency recently installed a $375 bird call system.

The recorded sound of birds sends out distress and predator calls every two to 10 minutes.

So far, the system is working.

"It's a good idea. I'm glad they did something, but I'll miss them. All those good times we had as kids," said Devon Manning, a Riverdale, Bronx straphanger.

Some riders find the noise more annoying than the pigeons.

Others say they're saving a lot of money on dry cleaning.

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