Crows divebombing shoppers

SURREY – Many movies have been shot in Cloverdale but The Birds wasn’t one of them.

But if there’s a remake of that classic 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, the film crew may just set up shop in the parking lot of Clover Square Village.

High above that shopping centre’s stores, two crows are making menaces of themselves.

Signs are posted throughout the parking lot and on the centre’s businesses warning of the feisty birds.

“They’re vicious little things – I’m scared of them now,” said Tricia Lawrence, who has been attacked five times in the past few weeks. “The last time, it got me twice… I screamed like an idiot.”

But Surrey’s Kim Waite says the birds are only protecting their nest and despite the scare they might give, they are anything but vicious.

“I understand it can be frightening for humans to be divebombed by a bird but when they do, they don’t hurt you,” said Waite, who knows exactly what should be done about the crows.

“They should just leave them.”

Rusty’s Pub assistant manager Holly Speers says the crows are nothing new to the shopping centre.

“They were here last year and you could actually watch them dive bomb people from inside the pub,” said Speers.

Clover Square Village caretaker David Tung said it’s illegal to move the crow’s nest without a permit.

Under the BC Wildlife Act, crows are afforded full protection and their nests or eggs cannot be moved or destroyed without a permit.

Clover Square Village is owned and managed by Colliers International. When contacted Thursday, Colliers’ Surrey office said it did not information about the crows or how it planned to deal with the situation.

Calls to Colliers on Wednesday morning were not returned by press time.

One passerby offered a suggestion on how to deal with the crows.

“Bring a hawk in.

That’ll get rid of them.”

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