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Stuffed vultures could help keep water towers clean

Posted January 5, 2015

Raleigh Public Utilities officials are installing stuffed turkey vultures on area water towers to scare off nuisance birds.
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— Officials hope a fake vulture scares birds enough to keep them from pooping on a water tower in Wake Forest.

Wake Forest is part of Raleigh's water system, so Raleigh's Public Utilities Department is using stuffed turkey vultures provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to scare nuisance birds from perching on the tower and damaging utility equipment.

Officials said birds don't affect water in the tower, but their fecal matter can damage the tank and create maintenance problems. Residents have also expressed concern about fecal matter blowing off the tower when it’s windy, officials said.

Raleigh is already utilizing vulture effigies on a water tank in Knightdale and plans to use another in Wendell.

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  • brrrr Jan 6, 2015

    There are many days when the water tower in Knightdale looks like a Vulture clubhouse!

  • whatdidusay Jan 5, 2015

    They cause problems yet they are a protected species. Go Figure

  • hardycitrus Jan 5, 2015

    Wouldn't this attract vultures? They are pretty sociable and roost in groups of 20 or so.

  • USMC Vet Jan 5, 2015

    It's a fact of life. Birds doodle. Get over it and let nature be nature.