Pennsylvania Department of General Services to Conduct Annual Crow Dispersal Program at State Capitol Complex

Nov 07, 2012, 09:46 ET from Pennsylvania Department of General Services

Anti-Roosting Measures Reduce Hazards to Pedestrians

HARRISBURG. Pa., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help ensure the safety of pedestrians on the grounds of the Capitol Complex, the Department of General Services will begin its 15th annual crow dispersal program on Thursday, Nov. 8.

DGS consulted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop the anti-roosting measure where Capitol Police discharge caps /blanks and whistling devices to deter crows from roosting. The process is not harmful to people, crows, other animals or the environment, DGS Secretary Sheri Phillips said.

Capitol Police will repeat the measures each evening from approximately 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as needed, throughout the coming weeks.

The program helps to maintain safety on sidewalks by reducing the amount of crow waste that can present a slipping hazard to pedestrians, especially in wet weather. The dispersal program must be conducted annually to reinforce its effectiveness.

For more information, visit and click on "Property and Asset Management," then "Crow Dispersal Program," or call 717-787-7606.

Media contact: Troy Thompson, 717-787-3197

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of General Services