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(Image: WTVD)

(Image: WTVD)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina church’s plan to use a dead vulture to ward away the live ones seems to be working.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that Bethlehem Baptist Church in Jacksonville contracted with the U.S. Agriculture Department to use vulture effigies to ward off birds that were destroying the it’s roof.

The paper reported that the dead bird went up about a month ago and started working instantly.

The effigies are a taxidermist-prepared vulture body attached to a decoy head. Officials said real bird heads disintegrate too quickly.

The USDA has used bird effigies to protect businesses, farms and orchards from an increasing population of turkey and black vultures

Read more: The Daily News of Jacksonville.