What Do The Free Dog Sh*T Mitts Cost The Taxpayers?

Can’t get free plastic bags at the store, but cities were giving away plastic bags to pick up dog poop. Carmel has halted the giveaway.

. . the little baggies available from dispensers all over town that dog walkers use to clean up after their pets,cost taxpayers more than $20,000 annually, city administrator Chip Rerig said this week. So, like many other niceties, they are getting cut out of the budget.

What Do The Free Dog Sh*T Mitts Cost The Taxpayers?

Gulls Speak Up

Found posted in various places downtown.

“Because your human numbers have swollen to more than 7 billion, and you’ve trashed  our homes along the ocean, we settled on buildings like those of Pacific Grove, high above the night time dangers. Now you’re sending falcons and owls after us, so we’re stressed and in terror every moment of the day and night.”

Open Letter From Seagulls

Gulls Speak Up

Falcons Have Flown The Coop – BUT

Open dumpsters are acknowledged as a problem.

Mark Brodeur, with the city, says the gulls are all but gone. Brodeur, the city’s community and economic development director, came up with the idea to bring the falconer in after seeing the tactic work in San Antonio, where he was working. He says there is a noticeable difference now in downtown, where seagulls had become a nuisance

Brodeur said there are still three spots in town where the seagulls are frequently being seen. He said all of the three spots are homes to open dumpsters. Brodeur said they have asked the businesses with the dumpsters to close them and expects this will solve the problem.

Falcons Have Flown The Coop – BUT

Unleash The Falcons On The Gulls!

Never did see the hawks out flying. I think having bird expert walking the streets with a falcon distracted people from noticing all the gull poop. After all, the real problem remains unchecked.

The Falcon

A sense of urgency to get seagulls to fly the coop. In recent years, they’ve become a nuisance and health hazard to the people who live, work and visit the area.

“The poop everywhere doesn’t make the town look very attractive to shoppers,” local business owner Janneke Rowland-Wolken said.

“You don’t want to be nasty towards the seagulls, they are part of our small little town here. But you do want to treat the problem and I think it’s a nice and environmentally friendly way,” Rowland-Wolken said.

Monday was orientation day for the birds. Once they get comfortable with the environment, they’ll be out flying around Thursday or Friday of this week. But that’s not the end of Mardin’s work. She’ll probably be back this summer when tourism picks up and more people are dining outside when gulls are there for the free food.

Unleash The Falcons On The Gulls!