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Ask 13: Why were pigeons caged on top of an Asheville parking garage?

"The pigeons are trapped there in the sun and have no water or way to get out of there," Jamie Mills said of the birds caged on the top floor of the Wall Street Parking Garage. "I want to know why this is happening, and who is in charge of this?" (Photo credit: Jamie Mills)

People parking in a downtown Asheville parking garage noticed a very peculiar cage filled with pigeons. One man was disturbed by it and contacted Ask 13.

The birds were caged on the top floor of the Wall Street Parking Garage. The cage was placed on a rooftop that's fenced off and locked.

"The pigeons are trapped there in the sun and have no water or way to get out of there," Jamie Mills wrote to Ask 13. "I want to know why this is happening, and who is in charge of this?"

Mills sent in photos of the caged birds, but when News 13 crews visited the location, it was already gone.

Asheville's parking services said the pigeons were captured and caged on purpose, and a city spokesperson explained why.

"So, the city contracted with Asheville Wildlife Removal, which humanely traps the birds and then relocates them in a rural setting," Asheville City Spokeswoman Polly McDaniel explained. "So, what they do is set up traps. But before they trap the birds, they bait the traps with food and water so the birds get used to coming in and getting the bait."

Polly says the birds have become a huge nuisance. They were not only fouling up the parking garage, but also the sidewalk and businesses below. Climbing the rock wall on the back side of the garage was especially risky with droppings falling down on top of you.

The city said a protective netting will now go up to keep the pigeons from coming back, and the birds are apparently doing just fine.

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