City of Trail Pigeon Control Program on hold

The pigeons will be holding their roosts for now.

The pigeons will be holding their roosts for now.

The City of Trail announced in a press release on Monday that its Pigeon Control Program is currently on hold.

Due to miscommunications in the proposed contract with the pest control service provider, the city has decided to take no action until all details of the contract have been clarified, said the release.

“I have received numerous calls, too many to count on this pigeon control program,” said Warren Proulx, engineering technician and city administrator of the pigeon control contract.

“I have been in discussion with Care Pest and am waiting for an official response from them.”

The city said that any changes to the original proposal would be presented for approval by council before an official contract is signed.

“We will clear up any misunderstandings with the service provider, discuss with council and decide how to proceed,” said Mayor Dieter Bogs.

Boggs explained that council wants to deal with the pigeon problem in the city, but is seeking clarity on the details of the contract before doing so.

At a council meeting on Feb. 25, the city approved $25,000 for the Care Pest and Wildlife Control Ltd., of Burnaby, to eliminate the ongoing pigeon problem in downtown Trail.

The plan included trapping the pigeons and transporting them to the lower mainland to be donated to a pigeon trainer.