USDA Seagull Scarecrow Tactic Unsettles Humans, Too

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Wildlife officials are hanging dead seagulls underneath a Washington pier, hoping the sight will scare off live birds. The tactic is upsetting some human residents as well.

The dead birds strung up below the Port of Everett Mt. Baker Terminal Pier are only visible from the water. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been using the tactic for years, but bird enthusiasts have reacted with disgust to photos recently posted to social media.

The Pilchuck Audubon Society based in Snohomish said in a statement that it was “shocked and disturbed” by the practice. The group plans to meet with officials to discuss alternatives.

The USDA says the dead gulls are effective at keeping seagulls off the pier, where their droppings are hazardous for the longshoremen who work there.

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