Caldwell get rids of crows, sends them to Nampa

Posted at 10:03 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 12:03:05-05

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- The crows that plague Caldwell annually have not returned this year, instead heading to neighboring Nampa.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that Nampa has been inundated with crows this winter, though city officials say residents haven't been calling to complain.

Caldwell Police Department Lt. Devin Riley says the city has been trying to chase off the birds for years. Last year, Caldwell used haze-spreading fans. Previously, the city tried dissuading the birds with electric shock strips, loud noises, spotlights and shotgun blasts.  He says the department was most concerned about the crows dirtying vehicles and public areas with feces.

Nampa spokeswoman Vickie Holbrook says the mayor's office does not plan to do anything to get rid of the crows.