Cleanup Plan For GOP Convention In Minnesota Includes Pigeon Poop

St. Paul, Minn. (AP) -- Officials in St. Paul, Minnesota, have a new plan to clean up a mess before the Republican National Convention comes to town.

Pigeon poop has long sullied the sidewalks, and getting rid of it hasn't been easy. Sticky foam, hawk balloons and nets haven't gotten rid of the birds, so officials are planning to steal the pigeon eggs.

After pigeons lay their eggs on rooftop nesting grounds, maintenance workers plan to sneak up through trap doors and grab the next generation before it hatches.

The scheme has the blessing of the St. Paul Audubon Society.

City officials also considered feeding contraceptives to the pigeons but rejected that idea.

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