Up to 10,000 Blackbirds Fouling Southwest Arkansas Community

NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

FOUKE, Ark. (AP) - The blackbirds in the bamboo at Fouke might want to think about relocating -- soon. The city council in the southwest Arkansas town gave Doyle House temporary permission to shoot at thousands of blackbirds that have congregated in bamboo between his property and that belonging to a city director.

The board said it would allow an exception to a city ordinance that bans the discharge of weapons inside the city limits. City director T.O. Hardin says no structures exist near the roost, but he advised House to use eight-shot shotgun shells to reduce the risk of harming anyone nearby.

House estimates that between 5,000 and 10,000 blackbirds are in the bamboo.

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