BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — The buzzards are back in Beatrice, bringing with them their natural tendency to foul the ground beneath them.
Hence the problem presented to Windstream Communications, which sits near a Verizon tower where the birds roost.
Windstream's John Dageford wants the City Council to change city code to let someone use a high-powered pellet gun to kill a few of the buzzards. That, he has suggested, could prompt the rest to flee.
Last fall, he approached the City Council with his request and proposed that a federal wildlife biologist be brought in, someone who has the authority to remove unwanted animals.
The migrating buzzards — more accurately known as turkey vultures — are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They have proved to be a yearly nuisance in many cities, including Fremont and other Nebraska municipalities.
The issue came up again earlier this week at a Beatrice council work session, and it was met with some concern. Police Chief Bruce Lang said the birds are a problem at several locations, which could raise more requests for shooting them.
The council didn't make a decision on Dageford's proposal.
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