Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

December 23, 2013

Vinton looks for ways to rid town of vultures

VINTON, Va. — Vinton officials are looking for ways to discourage vultures from paying the town a visit during their annual migration.

This year, nearly 100 vultures landed in the Gladetown area of Vinton. Vinton police officers fired booming guns into the air to drive the birds away, and most left.

Town manager Chris Lawrence tells The Roanoke Times that more efficient methods are being considered for the vultures’ return next year.

The town could apply for a federal permit to kill one vulture. The remains would be hung near the other vultures.

Lawrence says the vultures would disperse because they don’t like to be around their own dead.

He says vultures are loud and dirty, and they tear up trees. But they also are a part of nature.

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