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Wimbledon to use hawks, not marksmen, to keep pigeons away

Updated: June 25, 2008, 4:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WIMBLEDON, England -- The pigeons around the All England Club are safe -- for now.

Wimbledon organizers came under fire from animal rights groups for using marksmen to eradicate some pesky pigeons Sunday, but they have pledged to use only two hawks to keep the birds away for the remainder of the tournament.

Wimbledon organizers said the extreme pest control response had only been deemed necessary because pigeons were creating a health risk around the players' lawn and a restaurant.

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