The center, Mas Iglesias and Lledoners, the areas of Reus with the most pigeons

A large area made up of the Central Market, the Ample and Carme neighborhoods that extend towards Sant Jordi, la Sardana and Mare Molas; another between Pastoreta and Mas Abelló that enters fully into Mas Iglesias and its park; and a last one, smaller, around Lledoners and almost reaching Montserrat. They are, according to the municipal pigeon census map, the three areas with the greatest accumulation of these urban birds in Reus.

His presence persists. Neighbors point out that there are still people who continue to feed the neighborhoods, a gesture prohibited by the civility ordinance. The restaurateurs lament the inconvenience of the birds on the tables, despite the fact that "we pick them up as quickly as we can." The City Council will renew the supply of contraceptive feed.

"Depending on which terraces, pigeons are a problem and there is no way to get rid of them," says Víctor Perales, vice president of the Gremi de Restauradors de Reus, who regrets that "they proliferate very quickly and, from time to time, you see someone who he feeds them even though it is not allowed.”

The president of the Federació d'Associacions de Veïns de Reus (FAVR), Marcos Massó, expresses himself in a similar sense, specifying that "the issue of pigeons, rather than bothering the neighbors, bothers the entire city in general" and "it is associated with the dirtiness of the excrements and the cost of removing them." He specifies that "as long as there are people to feed them, the inconveniences will not end."

Offering them bread or anything else is considered a minor offense and can lead to fines of up to 600 euros. Massó adds that "it is also true that, often, in any downtown bar terrace, people get up from the table without removing anything and, thus, we give these birds free food and drink every day, and that is sure to doesn't help." “It is the fault of the people, that we are not careful to try to prevent that from happening,” he indicates.

For his part, Perales states that "the pigeons come to the tables because they are hungry" and "within the possibilities of each establishment, we always try to pick up at the moment because we are the first interested in the terraces being clean and available". “It is essential for us that nobody complains or leaves because these animals are here,” he emphasizes. And then what else can be done? "It would also be essential to make people aware," he says.

Dispensers and point capture

The City Council applies contraceptive feed, loaded with nicarbazin, to contain overpopulation. A few days ago, the contract was put out to tender to have the supply for two more years. The feed is offered to the birds through six dispensers, with a range of a hundred birds each.

The winning company will also prepare a new census. The specifications that govern the tender state that "pigeons degrade the architectural heritage, urban furniture and vegetation" and that "they also cause problems in buildings, homes and gardens", as well as "in crops".

Consulted in this regard, municipal sources respond that «since 2019 the City Council has been working on the ethical control of the pigeon population with two actions: one long-term, with sterilizing feed dispensers; and another through specific controlled captures».

As for the results of the feed, "they work in the long term and, at the moment, there are no conclusive data on their effectiveness due to the large number of variables that affect the population of pigeons", such as "weather, migrations and food », they detail.

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