SOUTHGATE, MO. (CNN) – It’s open season on seagulls in one Michigan town. Thousands of the birds have invaded Southgate, near Detroit, so police got permission to start shooting them. Officers started shooting Thursday morning near a car dealership, and after about two-hours, they had taken out about more than 100 seagulls.
Neighbors hope it’s a regular event.
Southgate police chose not to poison the birds because they didn’t want dying or sick seagulls to be dropping from the sky all around the city. One officer says shooting them isn’t exactly the best way to clear them out.
“The city was able to obtain a permit from the United States Department of Agriculture that allowed them to, with lethal force if necessary, shoot the birds. The way we chose today, obviously it wasn’t all that successful. We were able to; I would guess we were able to kill 100 to 200 of the seagulls.”
City workers originally brought in trucks with plows to try and kill the birds while they slept on the ground, but that wasn’t very effective. The birds would just scurry away then come back.