Bluefield, W.Va. (AP) -- Large flocks of crows are still hanging around southern West Virginia instead of heading south, despite the cold.
Wildlife biologist Todd Dowdy with the State Division of Natural Resources says food is a likely factor.
If migrating crows can get access to food, they'll sometimes frequent agricultural areas.
Dowdy says he saw a large flock near Beckley last week.
Flocks of crows are roosting nightly in Bluefield and other areas in Mercer County.
Dowdy says he's never seen a large flock of migratory crows stay in an area fore more than a couple weeks at a time.
He says crows can be persuaded to leave by using firecrackers or other noise makers.
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