Unwelcome Visitors: Oklahoma town crying foul following fowl invasion

MIDWEST CITY, Okla.- Oklahoma is known for friendly residents and its welcoming attitude toward others.

However, one town is telling a group of residents to leave.

Officials say the Cattle Egret is flocking to the Sooner State to nest but warn that the birds cannot stay in their urban homes.

The birds are known for their loud squawks and shrill calls, which can be a nuisance.

Also, they spread disease and destroy the trees they build their nests in.

In the next couple weeks thousands of cattle egrets will make their annual trip to Oklahoma where the birds come to nest.

Midwest City residents say the constant squawking is producing hatred for the birds.
“they’re a pain in the neck!”

The birds carry disease and parasites that harm the ecosystem killing the trees in which they live.

Major Cornelison with the Midwest City police says, “The main problem is the destruction they do and all we’re wanting to do is move them out to a more rural area.”

Patrols are out trying to stop the birds before they nest.

The egrets are federally protected, meaning once the eggs are laid they can’t be moved

Until then, officials use what they call “the bird cannon” to scare the birds off.

In addition to the bird cannon they also have these pyro technic guns, they
say their aim is not to hurt the birds just to scare them away.

But, if they don’t scare them off Kevin Grant Director of Wildlife Services says
“overtime these egret rookeries where the droppings can accumulate can create a human safety issue.”

Although the birds are a nuisance some say they bring beauty to the state.

But most can’t stand the sight.

As for animal welfare — they say the plan they’ve hatched should keep the birds out of the trees.

Since the 60’s, the birds have made Oklahoma their stomping ground for a few months out of the year.