Monday, July 30
"The poop problem has become unmanageable..."
Not living in Hollywood and only having TMZ to inform my take on the city's issues, it's hard to believe that La-La-Landers shouldn't concentrate on cleaning up all the drunk-driving pop tartlets off the streets. But it appears that some residents are focusing their energies on sanitizing another form of crap: pigeon shit.
This morning, MSNBC.com has an Associated Press story on the Argyle Civic Association's efforts to introduce OvoControl P -- a contraceptive for pigeons -- to rooftop feeders around Hollywood in hopes of thinning out the flocks of urban birds and reducing the sidewalk excretions:
“We think we’ve got a good solution to a bad situation,” said Laura Dodson, president of the Argyle Civic Association, the group leading the effort to try the new contraceptive. “The poop problem has become unmanageable and this could be the answer.”
OvoControl is produced by Innolytics, LLC and was developed with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins. The partners originally started researching to control suburban geese populations, as featured in the May 10 issue of the Chronicle, ("Hatch-22") before tweaking the formula for pigeons. A few Colorado cities have inquired about the goose birth-control product, but nobody is using it here yet.
No word on when scientists will get to work on a contraceptive for Hollywood bimbettes.