Silver Gulls and emerging problems from increasing abundance.
Silver Gull populations have increased substantially in the past 50 years. This is primarily because they are scavengers and have been able to utilize human refuse. They have been implicated as problems to aircraft movements and water supplies, because they defaecate in water reservoirs and are known to be agents of human enteric diseases. Should a management programme be instigated to reduce gull numbers, a major priority should be to reduce access to artificial food sources.
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