Aggressive seagulls dive-bombing people near Racine's City Hall
Todd Hicks reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
RACINE - People who work and conduct business at City Hall in Racine keep looking up.
A pair of nesting seagulls protecting their nest have been dive-bombing people walking in and out of the historic building. The birds set up shop on the roof earlier this summer.
The Commissioner of Public Works, Mark Yehlen said, "we put out repellent on the roof of City Hall every year, by the time we got to the penthouse a nesting pair had already set up shop."
The birds are a protected species, which means the pair and their chick will have to leave on their own.
Yehlen has had signs posted warning of the bird attacks.
It doesn't make people like Sarah Lail very comfortable. Lail was applying for a dog permit when she spotted the signs. "I'm not really fond of hearing there's seagulls attacking people walking by," said Lail.
City officials say employees have been getting creative to protect themselves from the seagull attacks. Some have started wearing hats and carrying umbrellas to fend off the birds.
Bird experts say the pair and their chick will most likely leave after their newborn has learned to fly.