In trying to rid a North Side parking garage of problematic pigeons, operators have made the garage sound like a zoo.
Terrell Jefferson, director of facilities for Allegheny General Hospital, which maintains the garage, wired the facility with a sound system that plays a loud and continuous loop of squawks and screeches of hawks and owls — two primary enemies of pigeons — and the high-pitched shrieking of monkeys.
As he talked during an interview in the garage, two pigeons flew nearly over his head and landed on a water pipe.
Jefferson smiled. “That’s why I said some of them have to be deaf.”
See that Burghers? Those two pigeons? Yeah, they were a warning for Mr. Jefferson. Probably right now, the North Side Pigeons have struck a deal with the Market Street Pigeons, (you know the ones that crowd atop the Circle Bar), and are planning to let Mr. Jefferson have it.
I mean, come one, pigeons are the smartest animals on the planet. I know this. They have no fear of humans, and that is something they LEARNED to deal with, along with cars and buses and other things that weren’t really around 100 years ago. So believe you me, these pigeons have already figured out that it’s a wired audio and are probably dismantling it as I write, all the while plotting which of Mr. Jefferson’s eyeballs to go at first.
The pigeons! The damn pigeons.