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Bronx Commuters Complain to MTA About Bird Droppings

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The rats may stick to stations underground, but that doesn't mean the elevated stations are pest-free, as some Bronx residents say they've got to hustle to avoid being victimized by pigeons. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

It's where the Number 2 stops and drops.

At an elevated station in the Bronx, pedestrians say they're sick of being dumped on by pigeons perched in spots where they're always ready to unload with a most unwelcome surprise.

"Poop? Oh, it feels nasty," said one person. "That don't smell that good, either."

"If you don't move on time, they'll catch you, and it will be too late," said another.

In addition, doctors say you'll risk ending up sick.

"The real health risk is when the dropping dries, and then whatever fungus is in it aerosolizes, and you breathe it in," said Dr. Dalilah Restrepo of Roosevelt Hospital."

The droppings dot the elevated structure of the Jackson Avenue station, the streets beneath it, and the cars of drivers who like to think they've landed a prime parking spot.

"You know what I think it is? We don't watch for the birds sometimes, and they just memorize the color of the car and just, there it goes shhhh, and just drop," said one person. "That's what's I'm starting to think, 'cause it happens too frequently."

The overhead barrage is enough to re-route some pedestrians.

"I was about to cross the street right now because I'm not walking on this side of the street because the birds are going to doo-doo," said one person.

Some riders said that they'd like to see anti-pigeon devices installed, like ones that went up last year at three elevated stations along the 7 line in Queens.

"They could at least do something, like put little barriers right there where they could sit and the doo-doo would drop there," said one person.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it has plans to install pigeon mitigation devices at a pair of stations on the Number 6 line that are currently being renovated.

However, not everyone says they're a must. NY1 spoke with some pedestrians on Westchester Avenue who said that they're on the side of the birds, even if they do have to dodge droppings once in a while.

"They're nature's animals, and they got to do what they got to do," said one person. "It's not like they have a home to do what they have to do, right?"

"It's like good luck," said another. "Every time it happens to me, I get paid."

So heads up for whatever might be raining down, for better or worse.

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