TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The city of Troy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are partnering to try and scare off hordes of crows roosting all over the Collar City.

Mayor Patrick Madden said the USDA estimated that around 10,500 crows have migrated to Troy this winter. They can be extremely noisy, and their droppings can cause health risks, including respiratory illnesses such as histoplasmosis.

To solve this, the USDA will aid the city for five nights beginning Monday, December 19, by using fireworks, spotlights, and recorded crow distress calls to try and drive the birds away.

“We’re trying very hard to balance nature and human coexistence, and we’re trying to do that in a very humane way. Our intent is not to harm the birds, and the USDA has a lot of experience in this arena,” Madden said. “So it’ll be a little bit of inconvenience in terms of noise in certain areas [for the] next couple of nights, but hopefully, that’ll clear up some of what people are seeing on their cars and sidewalks.”

Gus Silverman lives in downtown Troy and is unsure how effective these solutions will be.

“I don’t know if the solutions being touted…like noise bombs, and if that stuff is the best idea,” he said. “I think that people should just not park under trees. Yeah, I dunno; the whole war on crows thing is pretty funny… But what are you going to do? It’s birds; it’s nature.”

Mayor Madden also asked that residents not feed the crows. Birds can still be fed from bird feeders since crows won’t use them, but they are omnivores and opportunistic, so they’ll also tear up trash bags if left out.

The mayor says if the crows start coming back, then the USDA will return sometime in January.