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crows are menace for Tokyo cyclists
Wednesday 18th April 2001
Tokyo's crow population has exploded to around 30,000, and residents say the birds have started attacking them.
There are reports of people falling off their bicycles as aggressive crows fly at them.
Local government officials are trying to curb the numbers by removing eggs or newborn birds from nests.
The Wild Bird Society of Japan says the population has increased by around 10,000 in the last three years.
Johoku Park's management office has been inundated with complaints from people living nearby who say the crows attack them while they walk their dogs.
Park guard Tsuneo Yamazaki told the Daily Yomiuri: "Even if you try to scare the birds away, they are not afraid of humans at all. In fact, they will turn against you.
"There are people who fell off their bicycles while being chased by crows. We really would like to do something about it."
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