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Large number of pigeons (more properly known as the Rock Pigeon Columba livia) in urban settings can result in damage to private property and impair the enjoyment and use of private and public property, but only rarely cause disease in people. This report provides information on Toronto Public Health’s response to health issues posed by pigeons. In addition, strategies for addressing excessive pigeon feeding at the municipal level in Ontario and elsewhere are described. This report is submitted in response to the Board of Health (February 26, 2008) request to report on ways to curtail excessive feeding of pigeons and to include information on what other municipalities are doing in this regard. From time to time, City officials receive public complaints relating to the excessive feeding of pigeons. In these situations, large numbers of birds (hundreds) are attracted to neighbourhoods where they create a public nuisance; interfere with the enjoyment and use of private property; and cause property damage. In rare situation where pigeons may pose a risk to people’s health, Toronto Public Health (TPH) can intervene under existing provincial legislation. This report provides current and historical information to infor

Year: 2008
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