Pigeons or European Rock Doves, originally from Europe, Asia, and Africa have spread throughout the world including the United States. They were originally domesticated in Europe and brought to the U.S. where they eventually escaped to the wild. Consequently, pigeons are not a native wildlife species and are not protected in Montana. Pigeons may be taken at anytime, and their nests and eggs destroyed. The spread of pigeons has been most noticeable in urban areas where they have become a nuisance.