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Old 08-11-2009, 05:00 AM
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I am at one of my client/friends office this am and he is fit to be tied. He lives on the local lake (Hartwell) and is having a time with buzzards crapping on his dock and pontoon. Now they are starting to destroy all the cushions and seats on the pontoon by clawing and chewing on them.

He told me there is a big dead tree right near his dock and that is what they roost in, he counted over 25 there last night alone.

I suggested he contact the Corps of Engineers(they control Hartwell) and see if he could remove that dead tree.

He does have a fake owl on the dock(he said they shit on it as well)

Anything else he can do outside of the obvious federal offense
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Elect them to congress like everyone else does.


Or give them law degrees so they can spread out across the nation?
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This works do not know how legal it is. You find one dead one put it in the roost tree they will not come back
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Here you go,,take out the biggest one,,,the rest will scatter and most likely not return especially if you hang the carcus from a branch like ladyjane suggested....
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You cannot kill a buzzard believe it or not. They are considered birds of prey and as such are protected. I used to do some living history and wore a buzzard feather in my hat. A game warden friend of mine told me possession of any part of a bird of prey was illegal. I laughed and said it isn't an eagle, it's a buzzard. That was when I found out they are protected.
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You cannot kill a buzzard believe it or not. They are considered birds of prey and as such are protected. I used to do some living history and wore a buzzard feather in my hat. A game warden friend of mine told me possession of any part of a bird of prey was illegal. I laughed and said it isn't an eagle, it's a buzzard. That was when I found out they are protected.
I realize that they are protected species, did talk with SCDNR and they said you can actually get a federal permit to kill them but it takes while.

Their suggestion was to remove the dead trees and also to shoot off fireworks every evening as the buzzards roost for a few nights and SCDNR officer said that will normally get them to leave.

The USACOE officers said there is something in the seat cushions or rubber that is causing this and they are not sure what it is, this seems to be happening quiet a bit

Guess he will try the fireworks thing for a couple of nights and see if that helps, for time being he has bought a cover for the pontoon(it is under a covered dock) but the seats have all been damaged at this point
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My neighbor has the same problem......except our buzzard population is way more.

She bought a cap pistol and used it on them. It scared them away and they seem to be staying away. I didn't think it would work but it seems to. They were roosting at night all over her roof. By the way she's 80.
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we had em bad like that and every night for about 2 weeks when they came to roost we lit em up with paintball guns. like i said it took about 2 weeks but they left
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They are protected so be carefull.

Friend of mine used high pressure sprinklers and they left.
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Easy solution. Gather up all your old CD discs and string them together on a suspended line like clothes on a clothes line. The buzzard's eye sight cannot tolerate the reflective light flashing from the CD surface. Do the same at the old log where they congregate. Very simple to do. I use it myself with 100% success.
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The key to bird control is constant and varied harrasment.
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Easy solution. Gather up all your old CD discs and string them together on a suspended line like clothes on a clothes line. The buzzard's eye sight cannot tolerate the reflective light flashing from the CD surface. Do the same at the old log where they congregate. Very simple to do. I use it myself with 100% success.
My daughter has some old Spice Girls CDs that she would like to donate.

Maybe some "special treat" pontoon cushions are in order?

Another thing about bird control, they HATE sticky surfaces, could be an idea if you can find something sticky that doesn't wash off with the first rain. Good luck.

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dutch gap boat ramp in chester va is plagued by them. leave your vehicle and trailer and they swoop in and eat any vinyl etc. every gov agency came to bear upon them with no permanent solution. even went so far as thinning the population to no use. down river the birds have taken to sitting on a bridge. of course they dont fly off to the portapotti so the birdcrap is eating the metal spans out. poison bate didnt work. 24/7 fireorks only thing that works besides shotgun.
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