Battling Buzzards At State's Boat Ramps

RALEIGH (AP) - North Carolina wants the public's help in dealing with a growing problem - buzzards at boat ramps across the state.

The state Wildlife Resources Commission says the buzzards, also known as vultures, are federally protected birds of prey. The commission says the birds have damaged vehicles and trailers. The damage ranges from scratches on vehicles to exterior molding and windshield wipers being pulled off.

The state uses fireworks and models of dead buzzards to scare the birds.

Officials are asking the public to help by keeping boat ramps clean to discourage the scavengers. People should not leave food and fishermen should not leave fish carcasses and other waste.

The turkey vulture is common in the mountains and Piedmont while the black vulture is more common in eastern North Carolina.

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