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Vultures biting dog, chasing child
WISTV ^ | 01-29-08 | MissEdie

Posted on 01/29/2008 11:06:30 AM PST by MissEdie

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WIS) - "They're very rude," Alexis tells WIS News 10.

"They stink," says Sonny.

They've been called a lot of names by a lot of people, especially by the Harmons. "I would have to say they're ugly as anything," says Alexis.

But one thing you won't find these two calling them, is nice. "They're big, mean, and black," says Alexis.

We call them vultures, a name "Sonny" Harmon has grown to hate. "They've become a nuisance."

They've started invading her yard "200 at a time," she says.

"It's like something you'd see in a Stephen King movie," Sonny says.

They're biting her dog and even chasing little Alexis, who says, "That ain't a good thing."

It's all happened in the past month. Sonny says, "I want to get rid of them."

So Sonny called the US Department of Agriculture. Their advice is to use fireworks to scare them away. Sonny says, "That's all he told me."

Since vultures are a federally and state protected bird, you can't shoot them. Just don't tell that to Alexis. "I want them to just die."

But when WIS News 10 called the Department of Agriculture, we learned there is an exception. As a last resort, the Harmons could apply for a depredation permit, which would allow them to shoot "some" of the birds.

Sonny says, "When you're outnumbered by something a hundred to one that's pretty scary."

For now, Sonny says she's going to try fireworks, keep a closer eye on her dog and just hope for the best. "I hope we can at least minimize the problem."

Alexis hopes "they never come again!"

In the vultures' defense, they normally don't attack humans or animals. Joanna Weitzel with Carolina Wildlife Care says this case is highly unusual. She says the good news is since the birds are migratory, they may be leaving as the weather starts to warm up.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: banglist; scary; vultures
Have had a similar problem at my house with these things- they started trying to attack my Cocker Spaniel while she was laying in the backyard. One of my neighbors practiced the 3 "S's" - shoot, shovel, and shut-up because several of them went after his young son.
1 posted on 01/29/2008 11:06:31 AM PST by MissEdie
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To: MissEdie

They are a migratory bird. Its against the law to...well, you know.


2 posted on 01/29/2008 11:08:46 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: MissEdie

Your honor; is this court actually intending on going on record saying that heaven is not a place? I simply helped these creatures in their travels.


3 posted on 01/29/2008 11:10:58 AM PST by kingu (We failed to quash Rudy McRomney and gosh, that's exactly who's left.)
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To: MissEdie

Monster Quest had a show about giant vultures attacking.
I guess that cartoon of one vulture saying to the other “patience my ass, I’m going to kill something” was closer to the truth.


4 posted on 01/29/2008 11:11:38 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: MissEdie

5 posted on 01/29/2008 11:11:39 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: MissEdie

Oh, they’re talking abour birds. When I read the first few lines, I thought they were talking about the government-sponsors denizens of the Welfare Vulture Culture — soon coming to a Section 8 housing slum near you!


6 posted on 01/29/2008 11:12:19 AM PST by lapster
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To: MissEdie

The best answer to every sort of problem like this is the modern compound bow; no noise, lethal against creatures significantly larger than vultures or coyotes, and easily capable of hitting tennis balls at 30 yards.


7 posted on 01/29/2008 11:18:27 AM PST by jeddavis
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To: MissEdie

One of my neighbors practiced the 3 "S's" - shoot, shovel, and shut-up...


The 4th S:


Gamo Whisper Deluxe

8 posted on 01/29/2008 11:22:26 AM PST by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*RWVA)
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To: MissEdie

Shoot them & bury them.. Just don’t let Hillary know, they are her pets.


9 posted on 01/29/2008 11:24:12 AM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

birds ping


10 posted on 01/29/2008 11:27:35 AM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: EdReform

Check; www.quackenbushairguns.com.


11 posted on 01/29/2008 11:32:52 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Whoa! That’s one kick-ass air gun! .457 cal. no less. Amazing!


12 posted on 01/29/2008 11:47:24 AM PST by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*RWVA)
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To: EdReform
I have the .50 Bandit (.495 ball.) Its a hoot to shoot.
Not exactly a quiet gun. We're talking a lot of compressed air...
13 posted on 01/29/2008 11:53:34 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: MissEdie

Dang, another article about a Democratic primary. When will election season be over?


14 posted on 01/29/2008 11:55:30 AM PST by CSM ("Dogs and beer. Proof that God loves us.- Al Gator (8/24/2007))
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To: CSM

nah, they lie with dogs and hide behind children.


15 posted on 01/29/2008 12:57:03 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (I think I'll buy everyone a carbon credit for Darfur.)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..

If you’d like to be on or off this Upper Midwest/outdoors/rural list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.


16 posted on 01/29/2008 1:01:28 PM PST by SJackson (If 45 million children had lived, they'd be defending America, filling jobs, paying SS-Z. Miller)
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To: MissEdie

That third S - ‘shut up’, normally would entail his not telling you...


17 posted on 01/29/2008 1:13:46 PM PST by green iguana
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To: MissEdie

Paging Tippi Hedren...


18 posted on 01/29/2008 2:42:26 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

...verrrry interrestink...

http://www.quackenbushairguns.com/


19 posted on 01/29/2008 3:22:20 PM PST by wizr (Whether you are a Christian or not, fight for your God given freedoms.)
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To: wizr

It is...


20 posted on 01/29/2008 4:06:33 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: MissEdie
- shoot, shovel, and shut-up -

__________________________________

"I'll have to remember that!"

21 posted on 01/29/2008 8:08:33 PM PST by Ken H
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To: wizr; Eric in the Ozarks

Interesting yes... but good luck trying to get one. I’ve been trying for 2+ years and missed the (3 hour) window of opportunity on Jan 8 by a couple of hours. Now it’s at least another year before he’ll be taking orders again.


22 posted on 01/30/2008 7:49:10 AM PST by green iguana
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To: MissEdie

I have to wonder... will a vulture eat a dead vulture?


23 posted on 01/30/2008 7:51:48 AM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: green iguana
I waited two years and a buddy down in Lebanon, MO spoke up and got mine for me. Its a field grade, not exactly what I wanted but its worth twice what I paid already. I have the airbag tank, bought used.
Would like to make it a little less noisy...
24 posted on 01/30/2008 7:53:38 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Would like to make it a little less noisy...

Tough to do when you're pushing out that much air. But maybe there's a legal way. Good luck.

How's it shoot?

25 posted on 01/30/2008 8:11:53 AM PST by green iguana
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To: green iguana
Great. Trigger is about 4 lbs. One fill from the tank gives four shots. At 80 yards, the ball penetrates a 1/4 inch pine board. There is a slight blemish on the stock which Dennis filled with wood filler. This did not take the stain, so I'm thinking about having it refinished by a pro. I probably could do it but around here, there are plenty of gun and stock people. I put a Bushnell variable scope on it and it looks really classy. Its a heavy gun and kicks a bit...
26 posted on 01/30/2008 8:37:43 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: green iguana
btw, I understand the next batch of 50 guns will appear in Jan 09. He takes no deposits so you just have to stay close. The last batch sold out in one day.
27 posted on 01/30/2008 10:22:51 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: EdReform

Bookmark


28 posted on 01/31/2008 4:37:53 PM PST by JOAT
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