‘Uncle Sam’ has been recruited by Dundee City Council in a new bid to stop people feeding gulls.
Aggressive birds have been a problem in Dundee and other towns and cities for years.
There have been dozens of reports of gulls swooping down to steal discarded food and even pilfer directly from people’s hands.
Last year, Wave 102 DJ Gary Robinson was admitted to hospital after falling over as he sought to escape one dive-bombing bird.
They are also the cause of significant mess, tearing up bin bags and leaving refuse strewn across streets.
Now, council chiefs have called in Uncle Sam in a bid to curb the gull menace, with striking posters put up around the city centre to remind people not to feed the birds.
Uncle Sam was used in Army recruitment posters in the US and the new Dundee images superimpose a gull over his face.
They bear the slogan “Your council needs you to stop feeding the gulls” and detail the problems gulls cause in the city centre.
Those problems include “fouling, aggressive behaviour, littering, damage to property and noise” and residents have been told they can make the difference by limiting their access to food.
The posters have been created for the council’s pest control section part of the environment department and adorn locations including City Square and City Churches.
Environment convener and city centre councillor Craig Melville said: “We are trying to encourage people not to drop food and litter because it encourages the gulls to congregate in the city centre. If that can be removed then they will have to go elsewhere.”