Bird poop fouls county jail, so Austin is removing nearby trees

Tired of cleaning up the droppings from crows roosting around the county jail in Austin, Mower County officials are spending $10,000 to remove nearby ash trees.

Yes, the technical term for a grouping of those birds, even when they’re not at a jail, is “a murder of crows.”

The trees were cut down this week to keep the crows from gathering and befouling the jail; they’ll be replaced by smaller ornamental trees, says the Austin Daily Herald.

The price of removing the trees is apparently worth it because the cost of power washing the building is more than $10,000, and officials don’t want to spend that on a regular basis.

Presumably the crows will move on to whiter pastures; officials have to hope its not near another county building.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 09/10/2010 - 01:03 pm.


    Was it the trees or the crows that caused the jailhouse mess?

    Don’t these officials know that crows are very smart, and rebellious critters? They know how to poop while in flight. They were the inspiration for kamikaze pilots, dontcha know?!

  2. Submitted by Carrie Anne Johnson on 09/10/2010 - 01:10 pm.

    Yes, because we all prefer having JAILS to TREES. You know, I think instead of requiring English to graduate college, we should be requiring Ecology. Ugh… I suppose just hastening our downward spiral…

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