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Texas city losing the battle of the egrets (VIDEO)

August 18, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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The community of Carrollton, Texas, has a serious bird problem.

Egret poop, courtesy of the Weather Channel video, linked below.

Egrets: Can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em.

Or at least so it goes in Texas, where egrets and their nests are protected by state law. (And also federal law, if you plan on doing anything to an egret in your backyard.) And that's causing problems in at least one Dallas/Fort Worth community, the City of Carrollton, population 122,100.

Carrollton was recently ranked the fifteenth "best" place to live by CNN's MONEY Magazine. But what the magazine didn't mention was that it's the No. 1 place to live, if you're an egret. These members of the heron family, with their characteristic loud, hoarse croak, have claimed a part of Carrollton for a massive nesting grounds. (No, not on Egret Lane, but good guess.)

The egrets' method of marking what's theirs: caustic bird poo, all over everything. Residents have had to cover personal property with sheets of plastic to ward off the nasty rain of avian expulsions.

The egret population is apparently so dense that one Carrolltonite described the egret horde, a bustling white presence that imbues the trees with a gravelly Tom Waitsish auditory presence, as looking like something out of a National Geographic special. “You could come out and clap your hands and this huge flock of white birds would take off,” she told her local TV station.

After watching this hilarious video yesterday on the Weather Channel, with an angry man complaining about "bird excrement everywhere" and "dead fish that they bring from the pond laying in our yards," I thought it couldn't possibly be that bad. But now I don't know. Check out this video:

Man, that is a lot of egrets. Says the poster of the video, artowner1:

As everyone else in Carrollton, TX were enjoying their yards outside, grilling, playing ball, swimming and other weekend activities this sat evening. This is what my wife and I and other neighbors on our street had to put up with in our yards. The smell is overwhelming as well as the sound. Not to mention the diseases carried by these birds that we are exposed to everyday. And all thanks to an outdated 1918 law and city, county, state and fed governments that care more about a damn bird than the health and welfare of its citizens, and choose to do nothing to help.

That's the voice of desperation, right there.

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