Blackbirds invade Sheridan Road parking lot - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Blackbirds invade Sheridan Road parking lot

 Lawton_For years, hundreds of blackbirds, or grackles, have plagued Lawton businesses--especially the Walmart on Sheridan and Ferris. All looking to roost in trees, power poles, lightstands-- wherever they can find space. 

But now Walmart is fighting back. They've trimmed back the branches of several trees in their parking lot, hoping that will discourage the birds from flocking there.

 

Dr. Brannon Jackson, a Lawton veterinarian, says the birds can be more than just a nuisance, and damage trees. 

 

 

"Birds carry a really bad disease called histoplasmosis that people can get and animals can get upper airway funnel disease," said Dr. Jackson.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jackson said cutting off the branches may stop the problem at Walmart--but blackbirds will just migrate someplace else.

So nearby residents may now have to find a way to get rid of them.

"There are several companies that make noisemaking devices that spook them off whether they be loud bangs, or some real effective predatory noisemaking things that mimic other birds, for instance, that spooks them," said Dr. Jackson.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

    Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:06 AM EDT2017-03-23 04:06:59 GMT
    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-03-23 04:07:00 GMT

    A day before the House planned votes on the measure, Trump was expected to continue hunting support for what would be a significant achievement for his young presidency.

    A day before the House planned votes on the measure, Trump was expected to continue hunting support for what would be a significant achievement for his young presidency.

  • Pickup truck crashes into drainage ditch

    Pickup truck crashes into drainage ditch

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:43:41 GMT
    Source: KSWOSource: KSWO

    A woman and her child were hospitalized after they crashed into a drainage ditch in Altus.

    A woman and her child were hospitalized after they crashed into a drainage ditch in Altus.

  • Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

    Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:16:50 GMT
    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:16:50 GMT

    Authorities say a police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin.

    Authorities say a police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin.

Powered by Frankly