Skip to comments.Vultures picking rubber from cars
Posted on 04/06/2010 11:19:47 AM PDT by JoeProBono
MIAMI, - Officials and workers at Florida's Everglades National Park said vultures have been ripping rubber parts from vehicles parked in the area.
Linda Hyde, who works at the Anhinga Trail gift shop in the park, said the vultures have been picking windshield wipers, door seals, sunroof seals and other parts made from rubber and vinyl from vehicles at the park, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.
She said the park's attempts at keeping the vultures away from the cars, including effigies and hanging the carcasses of dead vultures, have not dissuaded the birds from pecking on cars.
Dave Hallac, chief of biological resources for Everglades National Park, said officials are planning to bring in experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center in Gainesville, Fla.
"This puts us in kind of a tough situation. These birds are native and they're protected," Hallac said. "We're looking for ways, without injuring the birds, because that's not what we do here, to keep them from damaging vehicles."
Michael Avery, a USDA Wildlife Services biologist, said the vultures do not seem to be ingesting very much of the rubber.
"It's like they are trying stuff," he said. "It may be more prevalent in younger birds as they are learning to grasp things."
CORRECTION, no feathers ON THEIR HEADS.
Please no more pics of Helen Thomas....
I thought this was another socialist/marxist cash for clunkers program after reading the title.
Especially vulnerable are the Ford Talon, the Pontiac Phoenix, and the Hummer.
Oh, I almost forgot. The Falcon, too.
Isn't that a racist hate crime???
what are they constructing, mewonders? hmmm?
Poor vultures—driven to despair by the recession.
Those of us who haven't a politically correct bone in our bodies don't have such issues. This is exactly what BB guns were made for!
Uncanny resemblance isn’t it??
I will apply for a stimulus grant for my new agency
Hopefully I can use that for a trip to ...Oops.
Well maybe one of Tiger's Chicks would go for (with) me.
They look kinda cool, but I wouldn’t want them pecking at my tires.... and especially at my body. LOL
What do they do in New Zealand. They have big parrots down there on the south island that do the same thing.
“In order for the government to enforce compliance, tax authorities will need information, for the first time, about peoples health care. Collecting that data will require more IRS personnel.”
“New hires are currently receiving training in removing rubber weatherstripping, metal trim and ornaments from taxpayers’ cars.”
Wait, Wait, Wait.
My bad, I thought this was a story about the IRS. Calling buzzards vultures fooled me. Naa, Calling them buzzards wouldn't have helped. Maybe with a qualifier. Avian vultures. Yep that would do it.
This morning on my way to work, I saw two vultures sitting atop light poles along the freeway.
Eye a juicy radial? Waiting for a breakdown so they can swoop on a wiper blade?
Are there any images of the beasts feasting on plastic?
If so, it should prompt a LOLCAT type pic.
I'm in your park, eating your rubbrz!
PICKING WHAT????.... oh, parts....rubber parts.....whew!
Talk about a hate crime...