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Flock of black vultures vexes Virginia woman
DailyPress.com ^ | January 9, 2010 | ELIZA WINSTON

Posted on 01/10/2010 11:08:06 PM PST by Daffynition

RIDGEWAY, Va. - The birds are watching Nancy Cox, waiting on her lawn and slowly chewing their way inside her Ridgeway home.

After a flock of almost 200 black vultures moved to Ridgeway this fall, Cox has had a steady stream of 30-35 large, hostile, hungry visitors each day.

"I can't even sit down to eat at the table," she said. "The vultures watch me through the window and fly into the doors trying to get into the house."

Cox has the only home in her neighborhood with rubber roofing. But she may not have it much longer. The vultures are steadily ingesting the rubber, leaving Cox with a leaky roof and shaky nerves.

According to Scott Barras, state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services Program, black vulture infestations are a common problem in Virginia.

He said the vultures often damage property because they enjoy picking on rubber, although no one is sure why.

They damage roofs by pulling off corners of shingles, and they chew off the rubber seals around exhaust pipes, Barras said. He added that they often pull the rubber blades off windshield wipers while damaging a vehicle's paint with their large talons.

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TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: pests; virginia; vultures; wildlife
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1 posted on 01/10/2010 11:08:07 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Well Nancy, according to most old western movies, there’s a dead guy somewhere near your house.


2 posted on 01/10/2010 11:16:01 PM PST by lawnguy (The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil-Cicero)
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To: lawnguy
Because I couldn't find the original Far Side comic...


3 posted on 01/10/2010 11:18:25 PM PST by DemforBush (Never mind that *bleep*, here comes Mongo!)
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To: Daffynition

I pictured numerous ambulance chasers (trial lawyers) surrounding her house. Then my mind drifted to a flock of Obamacare Dems........


4 posted on 01/10/2010 11:18:42 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: Daffynition

I have a small flock roosting on my property but they don’t bother anything. I’ve never heard of the situation described. There was a vulture many years ago which would beg for snacks around the service stations on one of the I-95 exits, but it wasn’t threatening.


5 posted on 01/10/2010 11:19:29 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Daffynition

A democrat.


6 posted on 01/10/2010 11:19:51 PM PST by Domangart (editor and publisher)
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To: lawnguy

7 posted on 01/10/2010 11:20:41 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

8 posted on 01/10/2010 11:24:05 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Daffynition

This sounds like inner-city gang activity to me. /sarc


9 posted on 01/10/2010 11:26:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: Daffynition

Nothing a good pellet gun can’t fix.


10 posted on 01/10/2010 11:26:52 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Depression Countdown: 48... 47... 46...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

11 posted on 01/10/2010 11:27:31 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

Ah, you beat me to the Hitchcock comment. :D


12 posted on 01/10/2010 11:29:01 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: ransomnote; Domangart
Democrats:


13 posted on 01/10/2010 11:30:40 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

sumbuddy needs to go fetch o’er to Widow Cox’s house and pick ‘em some feathers


14 posted on 01/10/2010 11:49:05 PM PST by blueplum
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To: Daffynition

When we were living in CA, we threw the turkey carcass in the abandoned house next door’s yard and watched a vulture and a cat fight over it. Liquid induced entertainment.


15 posted on 01/10/2010 11:52:45 PM PST by ebshumidors (vet, rifleman, 'nuff said.)
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To: Daffynition

Does a scarecrow (scarevulture) work on these things?

Maybe they don’t have a natural predator? (other than each other?)


16 posted on 01/10/2010 11:52:50 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
This seems to be a universal problem ...issuing permits and methods that don't work.


17 posted on 01/10/2010 11:57:30 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Maybe that's b/c your roof isn't made of rubbery material.


18 posted on 01/10/2010 11:59:36 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: GeronL

19 posted on 01/11/2010 12:01:19 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
mmmmm,,,Full-Choke~~~#4 Shot,,,

Call me in the morning...;0)

20 posted on 01/11/2010 12:04:46 AM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Daffynition

ya know, that would just be...unnerving. Along similar lines, I pulled into my driveway this weekend and I believe I observed either a female or an immature bald eagle or, possibly, a golden eagle flying out of a large tree in my yard. It was a very large brown bird of prey and definitely wasn’t a hawk, owl, or vulture anyways.


21 posted on 01/11/2010 12:04:49 AM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!)
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To: F15Eagle
You realize you forced me to post this, right?


22 posted on 01/11/2010 12:05:36 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
And meanwhile, all across the nation, state and local governments struggle with how to dispose of old vehicle tires . . .

The birds want rubber, so GIVE them rubber already! Give them rubber that you WANT them to chew up. It's not like we don't have a virtually unlimited supply.


23 posted on 01/11/2010 12:07:46 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: RC one
With a 5ft. wingspan, I would be intimidated if they came close.


24 posted on 01/11/2010 12:09:36 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: ebshumidors
"I can't even sit down to eat at the table," she said. "The vultures watch me through the window and fly into the doors trying to get into the house."


25 posted on 01/11/2010 12:15:53 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
I was gonna post this but didn't - now I HAVE to ...


26 posted on 01/11/2010 12:18:13 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Daffynition

Taze’em chere!


27 posted on 01/11/2010 12:18:15 AM PST by Atchafalaya (Atchafalaya Basin; when you're there , thats the best)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
LOL ...See? there are practical solutions to the enviroweenies' complaints.


28 posted on 01/11/2010 12:18:22 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: F15Eagle

OMG! Perfect! ROFLOLLOL


29 posted on 01/11/2010 12:20:00 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

If you get too close, they will regurgitate a highly putrid bolus of emesis at you as a defense mechanism. You don’t want to get close to them. They’re due to return here to Ohio on March 15th.


30 posted on 01/11/2010 12:23:02 AM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!)
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To: RC one
Lovely. I was going to suggest you get some camo and sneak up close to them and get some pix. Forget it. It was a bad idea.


31 posted on 01/11/2010 12:26:33 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

Now that is really unnerving.


32 posted on 01/11/2010 12:34:05 AM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!)
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To: TigersEye

Maybe they will move on to DC & roost at some Dem’s houses. It would be great to see them following Pelosi, Reid, Muthra etc around.


33 posted on 01/11/2010 12:47:10 AM PST by pandoraou812 (time to dump tar & feathers on DC!)
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To: Daffynition

Nothing a good 12 ga shotgun wouldn’t cure.


34 posted on 01/11/2010 1:08:48 AM PST by exnavy (God save the republic)
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To: Daffynition

Nancy your dead and stuck in an episode of Twilight Zone!


35 posted on 01/11/2010 2:29:44 AM PST by melsec
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To: Salamander

There are worse things in life than disembodied EVPs.


36 posted on 01/11/2010 2:38:59 AM PST by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: shibumi

What...the buzzards are saying her name?

She’s got nothing on Leesburg’s regular buzzard occuaption.

http://audubonmagazine.org/features0811/horrorShow.html


37 posted on 01/11/2010 2:48:55 AM PST by Salamander (Hold on to all your fears 'cause when I get outta here, vengeance is mine, mine, mine!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

The black ones come every spring and displace the year-round turkey buzzards.

Farmers hate them because they regularly arrive at calving/lambing time and *will* wait patiently behind the animals giving birth and feed on the offspring as its coming out.

Nasty things.

Whover said “5 foot wing span” fell short by a foot.


38 posted on 01/11/2010 2:53:32 AM PST by Salamander (Hold on to all your fears 'cause when I get outta here, vengeance is mine, mine, mine!)
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To: Salamander
I've seen them eat the afterbirth, never seen them kill anything. Their beaks are big, but not as powerful as a raptors beak. They prefer decayed or very soft meat, and will wait for decay to progress.

Old farmers have been know to tell old wives tales occasionally.

39 posted on 01/11/2010 3:16:34 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Daffynition

Just how far is Ridgeway from Washington?


40 posted on 01/11/2010 3:50:41 AM PST by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: Daffynition

[slowly chewing their way inside her Ridgeway home.]

Just fill out the census and they will go away.


41 posted on 01/11/2010 4:04:34 AM PST by RetSignman (Townhalls ..."We have seen the Patriots and they are us")
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To: Daffynition

Sounds like she needs a good recipe for Vulture a l’Orange...


42 posted on 01/11/2010 4:08:29 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: RC one
Isn't it. OTOH, some good luck could come your way....

South Africans smoke vulture brains for lotto luck


43 posted on 01/11/2010 4:52:19 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: RU88
LOL ...about 20 miles, as the crow vulture flies. ;)
44 posted on 01/11/2010 4:56:20 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: exnavy; RetSignman
No problem. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will only issue you rubber bullets or crackers shells, and that is only after you have lost considerable property.

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you."

45 posted on 01/11/2010 5:05:37 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
"Patience my ass! I'm gonna kill something!"


46 posted on 01/11/2010 5:06:23 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: Cailleach

ping


47 posted on 01/11/2010 5:06:33 AM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: RetSignman
The right door mat helps.


48 posted on 01/11/2010 5:10:27 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ll mention that to the old beef farmer up the road from who had his farm hands using the “SSS” technique after he lost so many calves.

[Or had to shoot the calves themselves after their “soft” eyes had been pecked out. Angus cows really aren’t especially vicious about watching over their babies]

Maybe things are more nasty in the mountains than the swamps.

*shrug*


49 posted on 01/11/2010 5:18:31 AM PST by Salamander (Hold on to all your fears 'cause when I get outta here, vengeance is mine, mine, mine!)
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To: Zeppo
LOL


50 posted on 01/11/2010 5:21:46 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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