As a longtime resident of the Bradner/Mt. Lehman area, I have long been aware of the controversy regarding blueberry cannons.
The crows are the prime culprit in our valley that grows blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, among other produce.
I had to shut down my roadside stand because I couldn’t keep the crows away. The crows invade our property by the hundreds every time cannons in the distance blast them away from somewhere else. Streamers and scarecrows don’t work. It is extremely frustrating.
My question is: Why can’t we cull the crows? They are basically flying rats. They came over originally from Asia just like the rats did. They spread disease. They also are highly susceptible to West Nile virus. They are constantly spreading garbage all over.
If our city was overrun by rats, wouldn’t we cull them? Then why not the nasty crows that have made farmers’ and residents’ lives miserable for so many decades?
They have no natural enemies and can multiply uninterrupted.
Nobody likes having to kill anything, and I know there is always going to be opposition to any kind of cull, but please, let’s revisit the possibility and get a handle on this over-blown population.
C. Perry, Bradner