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Municipality takes fight to defecating gulls

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 8 Jul 2010, 11:22

Published: 08 Jul 2010 11:22 GMT+02:00

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"We have a growing problem with the gulls and boat-owners have tired of having their property soiled. They have quite a lot of money invested there," said Jens Gustafsson at Karlstad municipality to The Local on Thursday.

Gustafsson said that the municipality has tried a slew of measures to tempt the birds and their unwelcome aerial deposits away from the marina.

"We have tried the normal measures, like scarecrows and such like, but the birds get used to it and carry on as normal," Gustafsson said.

In response to complaints from the local yacht clubs the municipality came up with a new plan - to build a designated jetty to enable the gulls to congregate and relieve themselves of their excess ballast in the comfort of their own outdoor lavatory, anchored out in scenic Marieberg bay.

"We have built a platform - the gulls like to sit and enjoy the view," Jens Gustafsson said adding that his team will evaluate the success of their initiative with hours of the jetty being towed into place on Friday.

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"We hope that this will solve the problem with the gulls, although there was a swallow sitting on the jetty when we were working on it this morning," he said.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:18 July 8, 2010 by Amber Dawn
"the birds get used to it and carry on as normal"

Isn't that the key point to the article? They are sea gulls. That's what they do. Sounds like the yacht owners just need to get used to cleaning poo or park their vessels elsewhere.
13:23 July 8, 2010 by kenny8076
jesus here we go lol............ first off ''avian ablutions''?!?! pahah you mean poo!!!!

"We have a growing problem with the gulls and boat-owners have tired of having their property soiled.''

ever thought the birds were thinking the same thing? there and turning into buildings and concrete?!?! everybody always wants the best of both worlds, makes me sick
13:26 July 8, 2010 by karex
Interesting, except, how does one go about potty-training a seagull? I had enough trouble with my Bichon...
13:44 July 8, 2010 by seychelle_18
This is only a living proof that Sweden has less problem than the rest of the world. They have enough time and budget to worry about poo.

I almost fell on my chair reading previous comment about the melting of the snow that people get tired looking at the poo when the snow melts.

Reach out to other countries expecially to third world countries and you would feel that there's more to work on and you will definitely see your selfworth.
14:20 July 8, 2010 by mikmak
Don't worry seychelle_18, Sweden is one of the top donors to third world countries as a percentage of GDP.
15:12 July 8, 2010 by reason
haha, comment rejected due to profanity. Guess we can't call things by their proper names.

If they've taken the time to study gull behavior and tried to make their bird toilet as desirable as possible, it might well work. Gulls don't tend to defecate all over, they find their favorite places (usually where you least want them, parasol tops, seat backs...)
15:45 July 8, 2010 by seychelle_18
That's good to hear, I appreciate that generosity!
16:18 July 8, 2010 by seychelle_18
Well yeah! Maybe people got bored sometimes and they got nothing to do with their time and money so why not perform an exhibition of burning the money instead.

That's the effect when people has nothing to do, weird stuff visits their mind.
17:04 July 8, 2010 by mukiwa
I don't which is funnier.....the aging femistists' burning money or someone trying to design a loo that will attract Seagulls.....I really think you have allot of people in Sweden with waaaaaay too much free time.

I would really love to hear what the design considerations for a Seagull friendly loo are ??
22:01 July 8, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Oh my goodness what a funny story!!! Are seagulls the only ones to use this new toilet or will each bird species receive their very own toilets?LOL
01:51 July 9, 2010 by Steggles
Too late for the Seagulls....the Swallow has claimed first rights!
08:51 July 9, 2010 by villjobba
"...- the gulls like to sit and enjoy the view"

Are these gulls we are talking about or humanoids???, lol!
12:51 July 9, 2010 by Da Goat
I suspect there is some blatant discrimination going on here what about facilities for the other birds??? they will look silly with their legs crossed for too long you know!
14:16 July 9, 2010 by rupert
With a reference to a pi**ing boy statue, will there be now a defecating bird statue?
12:00 July 11, 2010 by J Jack
That is a great idea but they should move all the favorite pooing statues from the town squares to the pooing place to make it more attractive & interesting for the gulls, after all they were here before us, they are effectively Dinosaurs.
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