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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Vultures cause big headache for Va. city

By Washington Post editors

A Virginia town is seeking the federal government's help in its war against 500 vultures who have taken up residence in city neighborhoods, reports the News Leader.

Officials in Staunton say officials from the United States Department of Agriculture have been authorized to shoot or capture and kill up to 200 of the federally protected birds. Efforts to scare the birds away using pyrotechnics have proved futile. Officials say the killings will stop once the birds leave the area.

There haven't been reports of property damage, but city residents have voiced health and safety worries, said Thomas Sliwoski, Staunton's public works director.

Read more about Staunton and its vulture problem in the News Leader.

By Washington Post editors  | January 11, 2011; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Oooooh... we're talking about *real* vultures!

Posted by: eunicedelrosario | January 11, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Where's the outcry from our animal lovers? The same ones that were mad at Michael Vick should be mad at the killing of these birds, right?

Posted by: meatkins | January 11, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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