Don't feed pigeons

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The "Animal Tales" story by Catherine Brunetti about the feeding of pigeons in a South Side backyard ("South Side Man May Be a Mystery, But Not to Birds," Oct. 23) reminded me of a similar experience some years ago when we lived in Schenley Farms in Oakland. Our neighbor decided to feed birds in their yard every day and soon enough there was an invasion of pigeons waiting for hours on house roofs and window ledges.

The result was not only an accumulation of pigeon dirt on our house but also a disappearance of the natural bird habitat from our garden. Fortunately, we persuaded our neighbor to discontinue this feeding practice and after a few months bird life returned to normal.

Feeding pigeons in residential neighborhoods is an unwise practice.

RENE DUQUESNOY
Oakland


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