Hutchinson Drives Egrets Out of Town

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Hutchinson's battle against the annoying white egret has paid off -- barely.

A police-led campaign to drive the noisy, smelly birds out of the city seems to have worked. The birds are nesting one block outside the city's eastern limit. The birds once were among the city's top issues but have not made their typical screeching halt in town for the last few years.

This year's egret enforcement was headed up by Assistant Police Chief Troy Hoover, who said that marshaling egrets is somewhat akin to herding cats. The city shot off cannons, put out decoys and knocked down eggless nests.

The egret is a protected species, meaning police can shoo the birds away only before they've laid their eggs. So the goal is to get the birds out of the city before the egg-laying commences.
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