- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - King County is deferring to some protective seagull parents and asking drivers who use a parking garage on Sixth Avenue in downtown Seattle to consider the ninth floor off limits until the seagulls’ chicks are able to fly.

KING-TV reports (https://is.gd/dNGfiA ) that county workers have posted fliers on each floor and set up barriers to keep people away from the floor where the seagulls have built a nest and hatched chicks.

Jason Argo of King County says the adult birds are “diving down and skimming people’s heads” when the public gets too close at the Goat Hill Garage.

He said the county consulted with Fish and Wildlife experts and determined the birds are federally protected.

The spokesman says the protective behavior started in early July when the chicks were born. He says they’re typically able to fly in 30 to 35 days so the county is optimistic the problem will resolve itself in a couple of weeks.

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Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/

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