Public Alerted to Use of Exploding Shells During Evening Hours as Annual State Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program Starts Nov. 20

The Department of General Services is alerting the public that the use of exploding shells and whistling devices will be taking place in the Capitol Complex during the evening hours beginning on Monday Nov. 20, when the department commences the 20th Annual State Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program.

The program will continue throughout the next few months between 5-7 p.m. until the crows have been effectively dispersed. The public is being made aware to prevent any unnecessary alarm when the program begins.

The crow dispersal program helps reduce slipping hazards for pedestrians due to the increased amount of crow waste that can accumulate on sidewalks – especially in wet weather. The program also helps reduce the damage that can be done by crow waste to exterior of the buildings throughout the Capitol Complex.

Pennsylvania Capitol Police will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved method of discharging exploding shells and whistling devices to deter crows from roosting. The use of these methods is non-lethal and not harmful to people, crows, other animals or the environment.

For more information, visit the DGS Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program webpage