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Wild Things: Urban Crows

John Hadidian/The HSUS
Long cast as mythical harbingers of death and misfortune—not to mention cartoonish corn crop thieves—crows have been given undeserved short shrift by humans. We say: Nevermore! (OK, that’s a raven thing. But still.)

Unfortunately, as much as we’d love for everyone to appreciate these resourceful and clever corvids, there are plenty of folks who hear caw caw and see red—mainly due to the early hour. Those who happen to live near a winter roost site of crows may get a regular unwelcome wake-up call around 5 a.m.

As the leap in their population numbers over the past few decades shows, crows have learned to thrive among us.

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