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The U.S. Military Fights the Menace of Pigeons

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The U.S. Military Fights the Menace of Pigeons

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The U.S. Military Fights the Menace of Pigeons

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The U.S. military is facing an unexpected enemy here at home: pigeons. A recruitment center in Times Square is sick of the filth and noise caused by its feathered foes. So, to keep the pigeons off the building, it's playing the sounds of predatory birds over a loudspeaker. The $1,000 system was installed a week ago and makes noise at random intervals.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The U.S. military is facing an unexpected enemy here at home - pigeons. A recruitment center in Times Square is sick of the filth and noise caused by its feathered foes. So to keep the pigeons off the building, it's playing the sounds of predatory birds over a loudspeaker. The $1,000 system was installed last week and makes noise at random intervals. The question is, will the birds notice? I mean it's Times Square.

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