Park Slope Pigeon Serial Killing Mystery & Controversy Continues
There have been no breaks that we know of in the case of the alleged Park Slope Pigeon serial killings. However, we heard from the woman at the center of the feather storm, who is known as the Pigeon Advocate. She says she wasn't serious about installing surveillance cameras as her fliers say, but was hoping the threat would be a deterrent to whoever is killing the local birds. (She says the she borrowed the tactic from Conde Nast where she used to work.) She also now says the birds aren't being run over, as per the fliers she posted, but are being poisoned and that she collected five-ten dead birds a day last week on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope around Sixth Street.
Yes, there is someone on 8th Ave who has been poisoning pigeons. Last week (week of 11/5), I collected 5 - 10 dead pigeons every single morning. What a joy to wake up to. I am not a pigeon fanatic, I am a licensed New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator. I spend months just mending and nursing back to health one injured or sick bird. To find literally piles of dead birds was horribly upsetting. The Catholic School is right there and young girls were walking by, horrified. I was too upset to "keep" the dead birds (ASPCA now says I need them for "proof") but stoic -- placed them all in a garbage back EVERY MORNING last week. I have reported this to the police, to the ASPCA humane law enforcers and to the Dept. of Env Conservation. No, there are no surveillance cameras. That was meant as an attempt to avert further poisoning. When I worked at Conde Nast there was vandalism in the bathrooms. We put up signs saying there were cameras. There were never any cameras. The Methodist Hospital "goons" come on their mini-sweepers and try to run over anyone who leaves bird seed for the flock that have historically lived on that block for decades. Pigeons are homing birds, they don't migrate, and they have been adored by many people in the neighborhood for years. There has to be some compromise, some middle ground. I am not a pigeon fanatic, but an advocate for all animals and a vegan as well. This one man has killed approx 30 pigeons last week and with no consequences to himself. That would seem to me wrong by any account. Anyone who wants to help can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Our question remains: Is the alleged Pigeon Serial Killer of 2007, the same one that attacked birds with a dart gun a block away in 1998? Meanwhile, the proposal to ban the feeding of pigeons and to install a Pigeon Czar continues to get press today. The proposal, which would create a $1,000 fine for feeding the pigeons is described as facing an uphill battle although Mayor Bloomberg supports the idea. Council Member Simcha Felder suggests displaced birds might "go to New Jersey."