Back on top: Turkey vultures continue to be a nuisance for city

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Many Perry residents have expressed their approval of the new paint scheme added to the local water tower.

These two turkey vultures made sure they  grabbed just about the highest perch possible in Perry. At over 108 feet, the city water tower is Perry's tallest structure.
These two turkey vultures made sure they grabbed just about the highest perch possible in Perry. At over 108 feet, the city water tower is Perry’s tallest structure.

The turkey vultures (sometimes termed ‘buzzards’) appear not to have cared either way, as it has not taken long for the carrion fowl to return to perching on the tower, on a nearby cell phone tower and in neighborhood trees around the junction of Eighth and Warford streets.

Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, killing the birds requires a license, fee and the special permission of the federal departments of agriculture (USDA) and Fish and Wildlife.

Perry received approval to try and remove the birds, whose droppings, while not a direct health hazard to humans, does kill vegetation and trees, aside from the creating quite the olfactory nuisance.

Eavesdropping? A cell tower standing near the city water tower also offered a wide view for these buzzards.
Eavesdropping? A cell tower standing near the city water tower also offered a wide view for these buzzards.

Last year Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn went outside city limits and shot several birds. The carcasses were then placed on the water tower and hung in nearby trees that had drawn particular interest, a plan that appeared to work.

Now the flying pests have returned, and it is likely the city will once again have to deal with a quality-of-life issue that has proven to be quite bothersome to address.

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