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Pigeons Crowd Under Heat Lamps At ‘L’ Stops

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Pigeons have been crowding under the heat lamps at CTA ‘L’ platforms. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio/CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Commuters are calling it everything from cute to disgusting – dozens of pigeons warming themselves under the heating lamps at Loop ‘L’ stops.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, at some stops, the pigeons have crowded into the heat lamp stalls on the platforms to the point where there is no place left to stand.

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“It’s like we’re being supplanted by the pigeons,” one woman said.

Most people politely let the pigeons have the space. Of course, that may have something to do with all the pigeon poop on the platform under the heaters.

“It’s kind of funny,” the commuter said. “But it’s also so dirty that people don’t even dare, trying to make their own way and get some space for themselves.”

The commuter was giving the pigeons a wide berth.

“I think it’s cute and disgusting at the same time.”

The Chicago Transit Authority says it has only gotten two complaints about pigeons this winter.

But one man waiting for an ‘L’ train was quite unhappy.

“It’s disgusting that these birds are and the city is not doing anything about it,” he said.

The CTA also points out that last winter, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gave the agency an award for its treatment of pests.

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