CBS2-Header-Logo WFAN 1010WINS WCBS tiny WLNYLogo

News

Not All Residents On Board With Plan To Spray Away Birds In Nutley

Starlings gather to roost on telephone lines like symbols on a sheet of music on September 27, 2008 in Venice, California (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Starlings gather to roost on telephone lines like symbols on a sheet of music on September 27, 2008 in Venice, California (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

TRI-STATE NEWS HEADLINES

From our newsroom to your inbox weekday mornings at 9AM.
Sign Up

NUTLEY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Starling birds around a Nutley, New Jersey park will soon be in a fog, a grape-scented fog.

As 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported, the township hired a company called Bird Doctor Nationwide to shoo away the thousands of birds that have been taking up residence at DeMuro Park.

Not All Residents On Board With Plan To Spray Away Birds In Nutley

83035738 Not All Residents On Board With Plan To Spray Away Birds In Nutley
1010 WINS' Derricke Dennis reports

Pam Navaro said she’s conflicted over the town’s decision.

“Yea I feel bad for the birds, but I think that we have to do something,” she said.

Navaro conceded that the bird droppings are unsightly and hazardous to children and pets.

Town officials agreed, saying they’ve done everything to try to limit the amount of birds in the park, the grape-scented spray being a last resort.

“But spraying with chemicals, I don’t know if that’s the right thing to do either,” Navaro said.

Jamie Bray said she’s against the spraying.

“I see a lot of them, but I don’t see them as a problem,” she said. “I mean, they’re a part of nature so I don’t think that they’re a problem.”

The spray is not deadly, however it is uncomfortable for the birds, Dennis reported. They’re supposed to get a whiff and not want to come back.

Paul Perez said he’s against the spraying, even if it isn’t deadly.

“I don’t think anytime that you use chemicals on anything is a good idea because somebody suffers one way or another, whether it be the birds, the animals or the people,” he said.

Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com: