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Bronx Commuters Call For End To Pigeon Problem

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Bird droppings are underfoot and overhead at the plaza at the Pelham Bay Park station in the Bronx, and subway riders are saying enough is enough.

“This bird poop here is disgusting,” said subway rider Blanca Figueroa.

“It's filthy,” said Juan Ramirez, another commuter who said he got hit by the birds two weeks ago.

“Terrible. Very bad. Can you imagine—my coat nice and clean, I take it out of the laundry and they pooped on it,” said Ramirez.

Some riders worry it's more than messy. They’re concerned it's a health hazard.

“You don’t know what these birds are carrying,” said Figueroa.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has posted at least nine signs warning riders to not feed the pigeons.

City Councilman James Vacca said the MTA has even tried broadcasting a recording of buzzards to scare them away.

“It only ended up attracting more pigeons,” said Vacca. “You can play an opera, you can play a sonata: These pigeons are here because people are feeding them.”

Riders say they see that happening often.

“Those are nutcases. You know, people have nothing to do,” said Ramirez.

Vacca said the MTA must do more against these whopping droppings.

MTA officials say they’ll clean the floors, which are covered with poop, every two weeks. They say they’ll also install more spikes and mesh to help keep pigeons away.

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