Crow culling in the works

Ready for duty: (Second from left) Mohd Azizi giving crow-hunters Yong (second from right) and Jafri (left) their vests and hats. Looking on is Halimey.

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is organising a crow-shooting campaign as part of its efforts to reduce the growing population of the urban pest.

The operation will be conducted in areas heavily populated with crows, including SS23, PJS and PJU today, Sept 20, 26, 27 and Oct 3, between 7am and 7pm.

Speaking at a press conference at the council’s headquarters, Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said the programme would be held strictly within the council’s jurisdiction.

Also present were the council’s Health and Environment Department director Dr Chitra Davi N. Vadivellu and Petaling Jaya councillors Halimey Abu Bakar and Azri Mohamad Arish.

Mohd Azizi explained that the crows had been a nuisance, tearing open trash bags and interfering with the daily lives of residents.

He added that MBPJ had conducted its crow-shooting campaign since 1980.

“Enforcement officers and staff from the health department will accompany the crow hunters to supervise their activities,” said Mohd Azizi.

“When we last held this programme in 2011, we collected 4,000 crows,” he said, adding that they hoped to gather the same amount or more this year.

Also prompting the council to organise the campaign was complaints made by the public.

In 2012, the council received 22 complaints regarding crows, while the number was 28 in 2013, 33 in 2014 and 25 between January and August 2015.

Each of the 32 firearms-licensed participants will be paid RM5 by the council’s Health and Environment Department for each crow culled.

The crow hunters are not allowed to shoot in public places such as schools, mosques, churches, temples and hospitals while a briefing had been given to participants to abide by the rules stated by the council and police.

Plastic bags will be provided to the crow hunters to place the carcasses and Halimey explained that the crows would be buried after each session.

Mohd Azizi hoped to obtain the cooperation of residents and advised them to be cautious during the campaign.

At the press conference, two of the council’s crow hunters, Jafri Daunar, 64, and Augustin Yong, 78, were presented with their vests and hats by the mayor.

The official launch of this programme by Mohd Azizi will take place on Sept 20 at MBPJ’s headquarters.

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