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THE decision to kill the pigeon population in one of the largest centers in the region was the right step, says the city’s mayor. Bathurst Mayor Bobby Bourke’s comments come after his regional council compiled its figures for the past fiscal year and found 642 pigeons killed. 187 were killed from June to July 2020, the same number from October to November 2020, 136 in March 2021 and 132 from May to June 2021. Cr Bourke said the decline was a positive sign. “It looks like we’re in control of them, we haven’t eradicated them yet,” he said. “The count shows that the numbers are going down.” The council began its pigeon culling program in 2012 as a service to all property owners in the CBD who have been affected by the birds considered pest. A licensed professional marksman is regularly commissioned by the local council to use a special air rifle and ammunition to kill pigeons. The method was previously described by the Council as “accurate and humane”. From the beginning of the program to mid-2019, more than 2500 pigeons had been shot and there are now over 3000. Cr Bourke said the pigeon population got out of hand and caused many problems before the council’s program was implemented. “It was just too bad. I would notice around the CBD. They only poured onto buildings, especially around the fossil museum. They made a bloody mess there, and if that’s just a job, can you? Imagine what other spots were like, “he said.” It was a huge burden on companies cleaning it up every time, especially the museum and post office, it had to be cleaned up regularly. “Our journalists work hard to localize to provide breaking news for the community. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content:

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June 23, 2021 – 10:16 a.m.

CULL: Bathurst Regional Council has been working to eliminate the pigeon population and make a mess in their CBD.

THE decision to kill the pigeon population in one of the largest centers in the region was the right step, says the city’s mayor.

Bathurst Mayor Bobby Bourke’s comments come after his regional council compiled its figures for the past fiscal year and found 642 pigeons killed.

187 were killed from June to July 2020, the same number from October to November 2020, 136 in March 2021 and 132 from May to June 2021.

Cr Bourke said the decline was a positive sign.

“It looks like we’re in control of them, we haven’t eradicated them yet,” he said.

“The count shows that the numbers are going down.”

It was just too bad. I would notice around the CBD. They just poured onto buildings.

Bathurst’s Mayor Bobby Bourke on the pigeon problem in the city

The council began its pigeon culling program in 2012 as a service to all property owners in the CBD who have been affected by the birds considered pest.

A licensed professional marksman is regularly commissioned by the local council to use a special air rifle and ammunition to kill pigeons.

The method was previously described by the Council as “accurate and humane”.

From the beginning of the program to mid-2019, more than 2500 pigeons were shot, now there are over 3000.

Cr Bourke said the pigeon population was out of control and causing many problems before the council’s program was implemented.

“It was just too bad. I would notice around the CBD. They only poured onto buildings, especially around the fossil museum. They made a bloody mess there, and if that’s just a job, can you? Imagine what other spots were like, “he said.

“It was a huge burden for companies to clean it up every time, especially at the museum and the post office, it had to be cleaned up regularly.”

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