Monday, March 7, 2016

Toronto police call for backup to oust dirty birds

Toronto police are bringing reinforcements in an ongoing battle to rid their boathouse of winged invaders they say pose a threat. For years, the force's marine unit has struggled to deal with an infestation of barn swallows, which nest in the boathouse and leave it covered in droppings.
The birds are a protected species and cannot be disturbed during nesting season. Moving their nests requires permission from the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources.

In a letter to city officials, the Toronto Police Services Board called for prompt action on what it called an issue with "potential impacts on operational resources and public safety, as well as on the health and safety of members of the Marine Unit."