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Staff perceptions on pigeon control strategies on the University of South Africa’s Muckleneuk campus

Emma Harris, Engela P. De Crom, Ann Wilson
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 13, No 1 | a399 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v13i1.399 | © 2017 Emma Harris, Engela P. De Crom, Ann Wilson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 December 2016 | Published: 26 April 2017

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Emma Harris, Department of Environmental Science, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa, South Africa
Engela P. De Crom, Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Ann Wilson, Department of Environmental Science, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

Pigeons are often considered a nuisance in urban environments, leading to the attempted control or eradication of their populations. This study explored the perceptions of 246 staff members employed on the University of South Africa’s Muckleneuk campus to ascertain the extent and nature of the perceived pigeon problem, suggested control methodologies and their anticipated results. The study found that the majority of staff do not consider the pigeons to pose a problem on the campus and that, should control be imposed, humane, non-lethal measures were preferred over eradication. The isolated pigeon-related complaints revealed that the management’s negative perceptions of the pigeons were not representative of staff members in general. The study concludes that a comprehensive public participation process is a necessary and integral part of the development and implementation of a sustainable and efficient pigeon control plan.

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control measures; perceptions; pest management; pigeons; green universities

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