A large scale crow-culling operation has been taking place the outskirts of Moscow -- with thousands of birds being shot out of the trees.
1. GV & SVs EXTERIOR Crows in tree tops (3 shots) 0.11
2. SVs Extermination team arrives, load shotguns and walk across fields (2 shots) 0.40
3. SVs Man looks up, talking to man in tree who throws eggs out of nest, another throws whole nests out of tree (4 shots) 1.22
4. SVs Men shoot out of tree tops (3 shots) 1.33
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Background: MOSCOW, USSR
A large scale crow-culling operation has been taking place the outskirts of Moscow -- with thousands of birds being shot out of the trees. The culling followed concern expressed by Soviet ornithologists about a dramatic rise in the number of crows. The birds nest all over the country and have flocked in big numbers to woods on the outskirts of Moscow. The researched by ornithologists has shown a sharp increase in crow flocks around the capital, with a nesting density of 200 to 400 crows per square kilometre. During the winter months, crows flock to the Soviet Union's big cities where more food can be found. Thus migration has caused concern to ornithologists, who are anxious to preserve the ecological balance of bird life. When the crows settle, other species of birds are often ousted from their nests and their young devoured by the marauding invaders. Experts believe the only way to safeguard other birds is to start culling the crows. Members of the Moscow Hunting and Fishing Society began the recent culling operation when the crows started to hatch and rear their young. Ornithologists hope that by controlling the crow family other birds will have a chance to breed in peace.