NP City Council renews USDA pigeon control contract

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP The North Platte City Council renewed their contract with the United States Department of Agriculture as part of their ongoing animal control efforts in the downtown area.

This is at least the sixth time that the City has entered into a contract with the government entity.

So far, city officials are pleased with the results in regards to controlling the pigeon population.

North Platte City Administrator Jim Hawks says more than a thousand pigeons have been trapped over the course of the contract.

"We hear people from the COOP where the pigeons seem to congregate especially when they have corn on the ground," Hawks said. "But we do get good comments back from the building owners and business owners about the work that we are trying to do for them on the pigeons."

The annual contracts range between three and five thousand dollars.