GREENWICH VILLAGE — Roughly 100 pigeons are missing from Washington Square Park, police said.
The Washington Square Park Blog first reported on the missing pigeons early last week, writing that the pigeons had been lured and netted by men who planned to take them to Pennsylvania for a "pigeon shoot."
Detectives spoke to a witness who gave them specific times when the incident took place, an NYPD spokesman said.
"The detectives went through numerous hours of video and the cameras did not capture any part of the incident that the witness described," spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said.
Sources with the local police precinct said such trappings were known to have happened, but had heard nothing about any recent incidents.
City code prohibits taking wild animals from parks without a permit.
Two other people in the past year have been arrested for pigeon-related incidents, including one just last week, according to Grimpel.
Pablo Alomar, 49, was arrested in May 2015, and charged with "animal carried in a cruel manner and transporting a wild bird" on the Upper West Side. Grimpel confirmed the "wild bird" in question was a pigeon.
Alomar's next court date is on Aug. 6. It was not immediately possible to obtain contact information for his attorney.
And a 38-year-old man was arrested in front of 180 Wyckoff Ave. in Brooklyn on July 29 and charged with carrying an animal in a cruel manner and illegal transport of a wild bird, also for a pigeon, Grimpel said.
It was not immediately possible to determine if the second man had been arraigned in court yet, or if he has a lawyer.