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Green Bay to combat rodents with birds of prey


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The city of Green Bay plans to combat a downtown rodent infestation in a very environmentally friendly way.

City officials plan to erect 10 nesting platforms next spring for falcons and other birds of prey in the hope they will control rodents and other nuisances.

The first want to attract nesting American kestrels, a small falcon that feeds on mice. Officials believe they will be drawn to a large number of mice that populate nearby Bay Beach Amusement Park.

If that works, officials hope to lure the kestrels farther into the city and then try attracting larger falcons, hawks or other birds.

City animal-control officer Sharon Hensen tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette ( ) she envisions a long-term program aimed at attracting birds of prey in Green Bay and surrounding communities.


Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,

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