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Sun Jan 12, 2020, 03:16 AM

300 vultures spew corrosive vomit, poop on border agents' Texas radio tower, feds say

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article239172483.html

300 vultures spew corrosive vomit, poop on border agents’ Texas radio tower, feds say
By Jared Gilmour
January 10, 2020 02:05 PM

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” is nothing compared to what U.S. Customs and Border Protection workers are enduring at an outpost near the Mexico border.

Roughly 300 vultures are roosting on a radio tower that federal agents operate in Kingsville, Texas, “nesting on the tower structure on the railings, catwalks, supports, and on rails and conduit throughout,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials said in a plea for contractors to submit “vulture deterrence system” ideas.

And the plague of vultures is extremely messy, according to Quartz, the outlet that first reported on officials’ request for “vulture deterrence” proposals. The request was issued Thursday.

“They will often defecate and vomit from their roost onto buildings below that house employees and equipment,” a CBP spokesperson said of the birds’ six-year conquest of the tower, according to Quartz. “There are anecdotes about birds dropping prey from a height of 300 feet, creating a terrifying and dangerous situation for those concerned.”

Responses to federal officials’ plea are due Jan. 30.



Kingsville Vulture Deterrence RFI is at
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6615777/Kingsville-Vulture-Deterrence-RFI.pdf

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Reply 300 vultures spew corrosive vomit, poop on border agents' Texas radio tower, feds say (Original post)
dalton99a Jan 12 OP
mr_lebowski Jan 12 #1
Grokenstein Jan 12 #3
Grokenstein Jan 12 #2
tanyev Jan 12 #13
trusty elf Jan 12 #4
Demovictory9 Jan 12 #5
Scarsdale Jan 12 #6
smirkymonkey Jan 12 #7
littlemissmartypants Jan 12 #8
Sherman A1 Jan 12 #9
onethatcares Jan 12 #10
Submariner Jan 12 #11
SunSeeker Jan 12 #12
MoonRiver Jan 12 #14

Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 03:31 AM

1. That's freaking hilarious ...

Who's brilliant idea was it to house equipment and employees directly underneath a gigantic bird roost ... in the first place?

Even if it wasn't Vultures, without a doubt SOME birds were bound to make the place home, ffs ...

Hey, guys I have an idea? What if you put metallic, needle-like 'spikes' all over the tops of the rails? Think that would maybe work?

When can I expect my reward for turning you onto this highly original idea I just came up with?

https://www.amazon.com/Bird-X-Stainless-Steel-Spikes-Covers/dp/B000Z5E4IE

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 03:44 AM

3. Aw, that won't work

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 03:41 AM

2. Are we sure they're ACTUAL vultures?

They might be ICE agents.

Anyway, just build a windmill nearby. If Donald Trump knows what he's talking about--and isn't a complete moron with serious brain damage--then they'll all be dead within a few hours.

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Response to Grokenstein (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 09:00 AM

13. I know, right? My first thought from the title was a group of border vigilantes.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 04:06 AM

4. ...

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 04:17 AM

5. the vultures say "thanks humans" for building us this nice tree thing with so many branches

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 05:19 AM

6. Vultures? Trap them

and send them back where they belong - Washington D.C. They might be lost and searching for their relatives, the tRump family.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 05:43 AM

7. Heh, heh! That is pure poetry right there!

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 06:05 AM

8. Please tell me there's a vulture food GoFundMe.

Poetic justice for sure.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 06:20 AM

9. +1000

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 07:12 AM

10. even the birds know

and this is their way of protesting.

I can't imagine getting hit in the head with some wet, slimey, half chewed and digested vulture poop. AAAAARRRRRggggghhhhh

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 07:25 AM

11. Thanks for this breakfast time story

Curbs the appetite. I’ll take a pass on the scrambled bird eggs today

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 07:49 AM

12. Karma. nt

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2020, 09:29 AM

14. Ha! Vultures giving Chump the metaphorical finger!

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