Why Relocating Pigeons Is Not an Option

In an attempt to find a humane solution, many pigeon impacted sites and service providers will resort to relocating pigeons. Once trapped, the pigeons are taken miles from their original location and let fly again. Unfortunately, even when transported hundreds of miles, most will beat the truck back.

Like many birds, pigeons have a remarkable homing instinct and most will return to the identical location where they originated.  Trapping and relocating pigeons has no benefit in an abatement program.  Unfortunately, once trapped, the pigeons must be euthanized.

While trapping and euthanizing birds may give the impression of effective abatement, the impact on the population is fleeting.  Pigeons breed rapidly – up to six times, annually, with two eggs per clutch.  Just five mating pairs can produce up to 400 pigeons in two years.

Therefore, unless all are trapped, the remaining birds will quickly fill the vacuum. If all are trapped, unless there are physical changes to prevent it, another flock will move into the attractive habitat. In fact, all attempts to “increase mortality” by trapping, shooting or poisoning suffer from the same limitation.

At larger, pigeon impacted facilities where physical exclusion is impractical or cost prohibitive, reducing reproduction with contraceptive control is far more effective than increasing mortality. See the graphic for alternative strategies.