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Mayor Filner has plan to end bird poop stink

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego officials have announced a plan to rid the scenic beaches of La Jolla of bird poop smell after declaring the excrement a health hazard.

Mayor Bob Filner said Friday the city has hired a company that specializes in bio-active microbial odor cleaning for cleanup of La Jolla Cove.

Non-pathogenic bacteria will be used to digest bird guano and any smelly organisms it hosts, thereby eliminating the stench coming from the droppings.

Filner says declaring the area a health emergency exempts the city from the normal permitting required to clean the state-designated area of "special biological significance."

The cleanup begins Tuesday.

Biologists say the odor is a sign that environmental protections put in place over the past few decades have brought back endangered species, like cormorants and brown pelicans.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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