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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