An important consideration to anyone who wishes to deal with pigeon problems is that it doesn't necessarily mean that if you are allowed to do one thing, you might as well do it. For example, using lethal methods in dealing with pigeons are often allowed in certain states. However, such actions could significantly reduce an entire species of birds and thus would lead to the brink of extinction. In place of these methods, we could use the humane means in controlling pigeons. Despite being proven to be very effective, they also safeguard the wellbeing of the species of pigeons all throughout the world. This has to be the course of action of everyone and not with those lethal methods. We can't just be trigger happy in killing pigeons just because they infringe our peaceful living. To think, they too are just finding their means to exist and it is not that they deliberately wanted to pester humans in their territories. We can always live harmoniously with them and as well all the species of creatures all over the world. To kill these creatures by mere impulse is simply a crime against nature that must not be condoned.
The Passenger Pigeon
One could almost barely imagine the possibility of passenger pigeons becoming endangered and even extinct to certain wild areas, when the sheer population of these birds alone could outnumber even the entire population of individuals living in North America as well. And this time was still somewhere around 1800, which indicates that their extinction was brought about in a not so very distant time span. It begs the question, what could have happened back then that has caused their rapid decrease in number such that they were even brought to the brink of eradication. Martha, the name of one of the last birds of this species, died in captivity in Cincinnati Zoo around 1914.
Would you believe, that before they have become decimated, a single of passenger pigeons could actually be comprised of 2 million members or even more and there's more than just one flock of these pigeons that inhabit US that time?
A scientist, John J. Audubon, described the phenomena of these birds migrating as the darkest cloud. When they migrated, they could darken the skies of three straight days just by their sheer numbers.
Perhaps the primary contributor to the close extinction of this pigeon species was the massive hunt for their meat for commercial purposes. Their meat is often desired by most of the Euro-American settlers of that time. Of course with their multitude, hunters often find themselves trigger happy about killing the birds knowing that there would be enough left to spare. Their numbers have also made these birds as easy targets and they are even hunted in massive numbers. The means of capturing the birds would range from netting, smoking them out with sulphur smokes, even the use of special firearms like a machine gun to kill and harvest the birds.
During the 1850's, thousands of people were being employed in a newly established passenger pigeon meat company and they have accounted that each day, the company could kill 18,000 birds per day. After a year of the company's existence, they have already killed billions of passenger pigeons for their meat.
The hunting of the passenger pigeon did cease, however the remaining population of these birds was no longer sustainable and unviable for reinstatement. Until such time that the entire race of these birds were sent to an extinction vortex and thus it could no longer recover.