After the hunt: Seagulls 1, Aarhus 0

Birds fly away and come back when it’s safe
Denmark’s second city appears to have lost its battle with the local seagulls – for now. Officials in Aarhus declared an all-out war on the flying beasts earlier this year.
The gulls’ aggressive actions, which have become unbearable in recent years, forced the city to take action, giving 16 hunters permission to hunt them with powerful airguns from April 15 before mating season begins.
Residents complain at “horrific noise 20-21 hours a day” and can’t go out onto their balconies. But the birds are too smart for the hunters.
“There is a very low number of seagulls that have been shot,” city spokeswoman Annie Paabøl admitted to Aarhus Stiftstidende. “The problem is that the seagulls disappear when the hunters shoot. The method isn’t very effective because it can then take a long time before the birds come back.”
Susanne Madsen, chairwoman of Aarhus’s hunting association, confirmed the project had been a flop.
“They are smart. And at the same time there security issues have to be considered when we show up with an air rifle. That means there are a lot of places where we can’t shoot.”
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