The use of pyrotechnics to harass birds away from damage sites is a very effective control technique. Pyrotechnics are noise- making devices that are shot out of a pistol launcher or 12 gauge shotgun. No Federal or Pennsylvania permit is required to harass most wildlife species. However, you must comply with all Federal, State and local laws regarding the possession and use of a firearm. Consult with your Police Department, and comply with all relevant laws, regulations, and policies prior to your use of pyrotechnics, firearms, and pistol launchers. A permit would be required to harass bald eagles and other threatened/endangered species.
General Guidelines For Pyrotechnic Use
Begin their use as soon as birds arrive.
Collect pyrotechnic debris (wads, casings, duds, caps, etc.) from the environment
Integrate use of pyrotechnics with other methods such as habitat management.
Fire in such a manner to cause the birds to fly away from the damage site.
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