City of Hannibal: Caution! Falling Pigeon Corpses


Hannibal will be littered with dead bodies soon - IMAGE VIA
  • Image via
  • Hannibal will be littered with dead bodies soon
Hannibal Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker wants to send everybody a message: Incoming!

'Cause pigeon corpses will soon be tumbling from the heavens and you probably don't want to get hit in your face. 

See, the City of Hannibal has a pigeon problem, according to the Hannibal Courier-Post. The birds are too plentiful and make lots of poop, which can spread E. coli. 

So the Hannibal City Council decided to go with the fastest and cheapest method of eradication: Poison, meaning the substance, not the '80s hair band turned up real loud. 

It would've cost Hannibal $6,750 for the USDA to come out twenty times, eight hours each, to shoot the rats-with-wings using pellet guns. 

But ultimately, the city council chose to bait the birds with corn, then switch to the poison called Avatrol. 

Writes the C-P
The poison is so potent that birds will literally be falling from the sky. On Tuesday night, it was proposed that teams of city employees be used to help gather the dead and dying birds.

Volunteers? Anyone at all? Where you going? 

So if you visit Hannibal, remember: Look up. 

(Also avoid graveyards in the middle of the night, and anyone whose name starts with "Injun." In fact, why don't you just avoid that word all together.)

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.