A wheelchair user has spoken of her horror after a gull the “size of a small dog” stole her burger.
Kim Ferguson, 36, had been enjoying a day of retail therapy with her son Dominic, 15, when the bird swooped on her on Crichton Street.
The former Candle Lane resident said the incident had put her off visiting the city centre after the gull landed on her right arm.
Kim, who suffers from tuberous sclerosis – a rare genetic condition that causes mainly non-cancerous tumours – was forced to throw her burger away before several gulls descended on the meal.
Although she did not suffer any injuries during her ordeal, Kim – who now lives in Kirriemuir – said her heart was pounding as she and Dominic crossed the road to Whitehall Street.
She added: “I lived in Dundee for more than 30 years and I’ve never witnessed as many gulls in town.
“Shortly after I was attacked I saw three other people being swooped on – some of them didn’t have food.
“When the gull landed on my right arm, it was about the size of one of my King Charles dogs. It was absolutely terrifying.
“I had just bought a carry-out meal and literally had one bite of it before the gull pounced.
“I suffered a sore arm – fortunately I had a jumper on so I didn’t have any cuts but my heart was pounding.
“I usually come into the town every second weekend but experiences like this are putting me off.”
Kim said more needed to be done to ensure public safety.
She added: “My biggest fear is that someone will end up with really serious injuries as they walk through the city centre with food.
“It must be putting off others visiting shops in and around City Square.”
A spokeswoman for Dundee City Council said: “We know that gulls can often be a cause for considerable distress and annoyance and we continually pursue tried and tested as well as innovative solutions to the problems that arise.
“We are proactive in improving the waste disposal facilities in and around the city centre.
“Bins have been provided in many areas where previously waste bags were placed on the footpaths and became magnets for gulls.
“Routine monitoring of this situation ensures that problem areas are swiftly identified to enable further action to be taken.
“Pest control officers are actively involved in removing eggs and nests throughout the breeding season, which is approximately April to July, and while this action greatly reduces the incidences of aggressive behaviour as well as disrupting and reducing the breeding pattern, it can take between five and seven years for the effect to take hold.
“We would also ask that people do not feed gulls.”