LAS VEGAS (AP) — It would be illegal to feed pigeons in unincorporated Clark County under an ordinance being considered by county commissioners.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the proposed ordinance that refers to the birds as “flying rats” would apply to both public and private property. A Jan. 3 public hearing has been scheduled.

Kevin Parker of the county parks maintenance division says he thinks the ordinance would be a “great idea” to keep pigeons and their waste away from parks.

He says pigeons are drawn to parks by people who feed them, and it costs money to clean up after them.

Last year, the county purchased feed laced with birth control to help reduce pigeon populations at some parks. Parker says the birth control has proven effective.

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