Rochester, Minnesota launches all-out assault on crows

POSTED: Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 7:04am

Don't worry if you hear fireworks or see spotlights, lasers or pyrotechnics in downtown Rochester, Minnesota. You're not missing an amazing rock concert, it's all for the crows.

The city has partnered with the USDA on a project to try to disperse some of the 15 to 20-thousand crows making downtown their home.

The initial project will run through the week and include methods like pyrotechnics, lasers, spotlights and amplified recordings of crow distress calls.

They will start around 4 o'clock in the afternoon and run until about 7:30 in the morning.

Rochester residents can expect to see flashing lights and hear loud noises throughout the process, but Rochester Development Administrator Doug Knott says the noises shouldn't be so loud as to keep you up at night.

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