Destructive vultures a problem at Tuckertown Lake

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- State wildlife officials are trying to find ways to get rid of destructive vultures causing thousands of dollars of damage to cars and boats at the Flat Creek boat ramp at Tuckertown Lake.

Since last week, vulture carcasses -- some artificial, others real -- have been hanging from poles around the boat ramp as a way to scare the birds from resting in the area.

“They see this as, ‘Danger, that’s one of our kind. Don’t come here,’” said Rupert Medford, a wildlife biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

The vultures are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so the only option is to scare them off no matter how gruesome the method.

David Mendez owns Uwharrie Point Auto and Marine a mile away.

He sees a lot of the damage done by the birds up close, even to vehicles that were protected by tarps.

“They had a cover on the boat and they picked the cover, got inside and picked the seats apart,” Mendez said showing a boat with damaged seats and cushions at his shop.

It’s damage Mendez says will keep happening as long as the vultures are around.

“They’ll pick apart anything they get their beaks on,” Mendez said.