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Nago plots to trap pesky pineapple-eating crows

Date Posted: 2006-10-13

Northern Okinawa’s lucrative pineapple crops are being decimated by crows, and government officials are declaring war on the birds.

Crows love pineapple, and have been attacking the pineapple fields in large numbers. One farmer says he’s already lost 80% of his crop to the crows, and other dejected farmers say if the crows can’t be stopped, he’s ready to switch to growing a different crop.

Some have already given up hope of a solution, and don’t have much faith a Nago City plan to use traps to eradicate the crows will work. They note the crows are smart, and work around existing efforts to scare them away.

The JA Okinawa Northern Center says crows are not only severely damaging the pineapple crops, but are eating Yambarukuina eggs and babies. Nago City and the Prefecture have joined together to create crow-catching traps, with an initial test set for two machines. If they work, the city says, they’ll set up more.

Crows have been protected, so special registrations are required in order to catch the crows.

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