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Stuffed vultures could help keep water towers clean

Posted January 5, 2015 5:11 p.m. EST

Raleigh Public Utilities officials are installing stuffed turkey vultures on area water towers to scare off nuisance birds.

— 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.