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The trusting pigeons are often lured into a group with seeds and other kinds of food before being caught in nets and thrown into vehicles for transport.
There have been two recent reports of pigeon pirates raiding Manhattan streets, capturing dozens of wild pigeons. On January 8, one man posted a video on Instagram that showed a pigeon pirate stuffing his trunk full of pigeons. On January 16, one couple in Hell’s Kitchen saw two men capture about 50 pigeons with nets before fleeing the scene. After taking a picture of the pigeon pirates’ van, the couple filed a report with the police and New York’s Department of Conservation.
This has struck a chord with many New Yorkers as pigeons are a big part of the city, and many residents are fond of them. The birds are naturally trusting as they are used to being fed, making them more vulnerable to being captured.
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