Jury's out on the crow issue

Jury's out on the crow issue
A passer-by is attacked by a crow outside Great World City in 2007. Despite a fall in the amount of feedback involving crows in Singapore, the number of reports on crow attacks looks set to increase this yearif figures in the first six months are anything to go by.

SINGAPORE - Few things could be this ironic: While there are fewer reports on Singapore's crow nuisance now, the number of reports on attacks by the feathered fiends has risen.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has revealed that feedback involving crows - such as the birds posing a threat to public hygiene and being a nuisance - has declined in recent years.

From January to June this year, the number of reports was about 360.

For the whole of last year, it was 1,480 - a drop from 1,710 in 2012 and 1,920 in 2011.

In areas where a crow problem is known to exist, such as Bedok and Yishun, the number of reports has also fallen.

But on the other hand, the number of reports on crow attacks looks set to go up - it is about 370 in the first six months of this year. Such attacks would include crows swooping down to peck people.

This is already more than half of the 500 for the whole of last year. In 2012 and 2011, the number stood at 490 and 470 respectively.

In managing bird-related nuisance issues, an AVA spokesman said that the authority works with relevant agencies on measures to "mitigate the nuisance" birds can cause.

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