also known as Birmingham Rollers are pigeons that are noted for their mid-air somersaults. These acrobatics also make the birds irresistible to hawks, falcons and other birds of prey, and some roller pigeon enthusiasts are fighting back. Investigators
are estimating that local enthusiast clubs are responsible for the deaths of 1000-2000 raptors in the Los Angeles area annually
. One man bragged about capturing 30 hawks in 45 days.
The National Birmingham Rollers Club has issued a press release
distancing themselves from the men under investigation but requests Fish and Wildlife Services to provide aid under laws protecting livestock predated by endangered species.
posted by hindmost
on Jul 15, 2007 -
The Memorial Gardens in Surrey has a pigeon problem, and has hired a marksman to come to town & conduct a three year program of pigeon sniping to resolve the issue. The people of Surrey respond, via some of the funniest letters to the newspaper I've ever read
(letters published at the bottom of the article).
posted by jonson
on Dec 6, 2006 -
Athletes... Steroids... blah blah blah.. Only this time it's the pigeons
. Poor birds.
posted by Lizc
on Nov 11, 2004 -