Free-Range Wild Squab?
Alright, urban and suburban chowhounders, would you eat pigeon from your neighborhood? Are they safe? Maybe only in limited quantities (the same way you can eat fish from poluted lakes)? What's the worst thing that could happen?
While we're on the subject, how do you feel about eating squirrel? Is a suburban squirrel worse than a rural one?
Living in the suburbs, it's unlikely that anyone's hunting pigeon in the immediate vicinity. If they were, I'm not sure I'd know why I wouldnt eat them - although I'm very happy with the pigeon I get from the farmers market (which has been shot in more rural surroundings).
Of course, much of the pigeon available at the supermarket is farm raised, rather than wild. I don't usually buy it as it just doesnt seem to taste as game
Wild pigeon squabs would be tiny by comparison to commercially available squabs, which are bred from very large, entirely domestic varieties (like King Pigeon).
That said, I think that a NYC Central Park pigeon would probably be less tainted with chemicals than a fish out of the nearby Hudson River. They eat more or less what chickens would eat--seeds, the occasional bug.
As a child I used to capture and domesticate wild pigeons, and they don't have any "ick" factor for me, in general. I didn't eat any.