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Thousands Of Crows Disrupt Local Community

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (KDKA) -- Thousands of crows have invaded a local town and university and people want the birds gone.

Dave Mason from the American Legion Post in California, Washington County, says it's even getting in the way of his job.

"They just take off from every direction, they're just all over the place," said Mason. "Their feces goes all over you, all over your vehicles and it's been interfering with our business because people don't want to come here for that reason."

Others who live along Second Street say the birds are extremely loud.

"It's louder than my alarm clock, let's just put it that way. It's horrible, the cawing and everything all night long," said California resident Jess Priest.

Bree Robinson, a student at California University of Pennsylvania, even built a scarecrow and stuck it in a nearby tree. She doesn't think it did any good, though.

Cars outside in the area are covered with droppings. As the KDKA crew took video, they could hear what sounded like rain drops when hundreds of the birds all took off.

California University of Pennsylvania has also had problems with crows and used laser lights and a plant-based "fog" to discourage them from roosting on campus.

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