Thomas C. Hall
7104 Bellrose Aveneu, NE
Olympia, WA 98502
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Fig. 1. North American magpies; (a)Black-billed magpie Pica pica; (b) Yellow-billed magpie, P.nuttalli
Damage Prevention and Control Methods
Keep young poultry, poultry nests,
and vulnerable livestock in covered
Netting can be used to protect small
areas and valuable crops.
Remove nests of offending magpies
that are raiding poultry farms.
Remove low brush and roost trees in
areas where damage is excessive.
A frightening program using
pyrotechnics, scarecrows, and
propane cannons in conjunction
with human presence is effective for
magpies in most damage situations,
especially for roosts and crops.
None are registered
None are registered.
Modified Australian crow and
circular-funnel traps can be used to
help protect heavily damaged crops
from a large local population.
Proper care of traps and decoy
birds is necessary.
Use No. 0 and 1 padded-jaw pole traps
to take a few offending individuals.
Check local, state, and federal laws
Shooting magpies can eliminate
damage from a few offending birds
and will increase the effectiveness of
a frightening program. Shotguns are
recommended for most shooting.
Scott E. Hygnstrom;
Robert M. Timm;
Gary E. Larson
PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE — 1994
Cooperative Extension Division Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska -Lincoln
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control
Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee