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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Bonner County is holstering a plan to shoot ravens plaguing the Colburn waste collection site.

Bonner County Public Works Director Leslie Marshall said the county is purchasing an ultrasonic bird repeller to run off ravens that are picking at trash and causing a mess at the site.

“We’re going to buy one, try it and see if it works,” Marshall said of the Bird-X device.

The Bird-X setup costs about $700, but Marshall said it could be a good long-term, non-lethal raven countermeasure.

The county obtained a permit from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game to shoot up to 10 ravens, although Marshall has said its doubtful that many birds would have to be killed. The county has in the past displayed dead ravens at Colburn, which proved effective in warding off other ravens.

Several residents in the community have objected to shooting the birds.

If the ultrasonic device is ineffective, Marshall said the county may shoot the birds as a last resort.

“We’re going to try this first, but I do have the permit and it’s good until Aug. 1,” said Marshall.

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  • Kit posted at 4:59 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    Kit Posts: 82

    Tom, Tom, Tom....you cruel person...let's keep nature out of this. You know progressive mankind has all of the answers! Are your cats declawed?? If your offer is accepted, you will soon be under attack for cruel and unusual cat killing methods.

  • Jaake posted at 9:28 pm on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    Jaake Posts: 231

    If the county can transfer millions of dollars from one fund, to another, in secret, to build a project that voters did not support, then "hell" shooting a few crows in secret should be no problem.

  • Tom Kelly posted at 6:19 am on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    Tom Kelly Posts: 379

    I have two cats I'd be willing to rent out. They love birds and I am sure they would kill with compassion.

  • Jason Smith posted at 6:08 am on Wed, Jun 26, 2013.

    Jason Smith Posts: 67

    Wow! An alternative to killing? Who would have thought? Why wasn't it considered before suggesting giving dump employees guns? At least now maybe an employee and or public may not be in danger, and does insurance cover shooting accidents? Was packing a gun in their job description? More humane... what committee considered killing before trying an alternative solution?

  • Old Cop posted at 4:20 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    Not a lot cheaper Scott. Have you tried to purchase any ammunition lately?

  • Scott S posted at 12:08 pm on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Scott S Posts: 387

    Im going to make the assumption that the Bird x setup has a refund policy in case it does not work? 22 bullets are a lot cheaper.