The City of Hannibal has found its solution to the pigeon problem downtown by poisoning them.
But the goal isn't necessarily to kill the entire bird population, rather to scare them off.
The Hannibal City Council approved the hire of a pest control service to deal with the issue.
Exterminators will put poison in 10 percent of the food in the feeders downtown, that way only a limited amount of birds will be killed.
Officials say the poison will cause the pigeons to act strangely, which will hopefully scare off the non-affected pigeons.
"When a pigeon eats it. He starts behaving strange. A lot of noise. A lot of vibration and it flaps a lot. It tends to drive off the other pigeons. Basically, it scares them because something is out of the ordinary," said Hannibal city manager Jeff LaGarce.
Officials said they hope to sign a contract with a company and begin the process within the next few weeks.
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