Blackbird Problem in Horse Cave

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

In a video taken on March 3 from Lillian Page's backyard, Page and her neighbors are trying to get help with a blackbird problem.

Lillian Page says: "We need some help in Rolling Hills subdivision with a blackbird problem. Huge blackbird problem."

For the past two years page and her neighbors have been dealing with blackbirds nesting in their backyards.

Larry Hawkins says: "The noise is terrible. The smell is awful."

Horse Cave Mayor, Joanne Smith, is working with residents in Rolling Hills to eradicate the problem.

Mayor Smith says: "We have in the past used cannons. Last fall we had four cannons for about three weeks. And we tried to blast them out of the city and that's a temporary at best solution."

The problem is the birds end up coming back. Some kind of habitat modification must be done for the birds to stay away permanently. Residents in the Rolling Hills subdivision say it's a health risk.

Page says: "There's a school right across the street and there's a hospital and there's a nursing home and these people are at risk. Their health is at risk with these black birds."

Blackbird droppings can harbor histoplasmosis (a respiratory disease) that is indirectly transmissible to humans. Page says she doesn't like letting her grandchildren out at night because the blackbird problem is so bad.

Page says: "I've got a little granddaughter. They poop in her head."

Mayor Smith says the problem may be more than the city of Horse Cave can handle. And they are looking to get help from the state level.

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