Aerial drones could be used to tackle aggressive seagulls in a west Cumbrian town.
Copeland Borough Councillor Graham Roberts says the remote-control aircraft should be used to spray gulls eggs with a sterilising liquid to prevent them hatching.
Seagulls have proved a particular menace in Whitehaven over recent months with reports of birds swooping on people, snatching ice cream from children and dive-bombing shoppers in the town centre.
Drones have been used in France to tackle seagulls and Councillor Roberts believes it's time to consider this method of control in Cumbria.
Copeland Borough Council is set to discuss the seagull issue and possible methods for combating the birds later this month.