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Feeding feral pigeons in Las Vegas could result in jail, fines

Posted at 9:58 PM, Nov 07, 2017

Pigeons - they're everywhere you look in Las Vegas, and for some they've become a neighborhood nuisance.

On Tuesday, Clark County, Nevada commissioners voted to ban people from feeding them to control their population. If you’re caught, you could pay a fine of up to a thousand dollars and go to jail for up to six months.

Thomas Flores says his neighborhood has become a home to wild pigeons. “I can't even come out of my house without having pigeons flying by my head, on my roof, on the street, and the sidewalk - on my lawn,” says Flores.

These birds' poop can damage your roof or your air-conditioning unit. Even worse, pigeons and their droppings carry over 60 diseases.

When it comes to these nuisance birds, Todd Wagner of a Better Day Pigeon Control has seen it all.

“From the roof caving in from so much feces. The gas stations also, I've seen some of them. So much feces the wind and the rain. If it gets a good rain it will blown right over,” says Wagner.

He recommends taking these measures to help keep pigeons out.

“Don't feed the animals outside, cats and dogs outside they love that food. If you have a spillover on your pool, get something to cover that up," Wagner said.

Nearby Henderson, Nevada passed a similar law back in 2011 banning people from feeding pigeons.