Use of cannons to deter birds spurs counterattack

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

   SPENCER, Ind. (AP) -- A southern Indiana winery's decision to use cannons to scare away birds that threatened its crop sparked complaints from a neighbor who decided to launch a counterattack.
 
   Owner Anthony Leaderbrand began firing a propane-fueled cannon to shoo away birds that were eating the nearly ripe hybrid red Marechal Foch grapes at his Owen Valley Winery in Spencer.
 
   Neighbor Steve Dean tells The Herald-Times the noise from the cannons disrupted the peace and quiet of the area, but police said the cannons were allowed to help protect a crop.
 
   Dean bought his own cannon for about $250 and launched a counterassault.
 
   The cannons have since gone quiet. Dean thinks his counterattack worked. Leaderbrand says he doesn't need his cannon now because the grapes are ripe and are being picked.

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