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Green Bay looks to birds of prey for rodent control

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Green Bay developed a natural approach to control rodents: Encourage birds of prey to eat them. The City Council has approved a plan to set 10 nesting platforms next spring for American kestrels, falcons, hawks, and other aggressive birds.

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Besides controlling rodents, Green Bay officials hope that by leading the birds to a steady food source, they'll revive bird populations that are struggling. Green Bay animal control officer Sharon Hensen says it will help keep the balance of nature.

Officials say they'll try to attract American kestrels first to go after the mice at Bay Beach Amusement Park along the Bay of Green Bay. The next goal is using the kestrels downtown, with the goal of attracting larger birds of prey.

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