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Yup, it's those darn lead bullet fragments

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by wireguy, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

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    Yup, it

    California town besieged by endangered birds


    From Fox News:


    By Michael Cipriano

    Published June 13, 2013

    FoxNews.com



    Residents of a small California town wish a certain endangered species would make itself scarce.

    Flocks of California condors have descended upon Bear Valley Springs. Residents, who are allowed to do little to chase them away, say the huge birds peck off roof shingles, damage air conditioners and leave porches coated in droppings. And although the majestic birds, with a wingspan of nine feet, are widely admired, the gated community of about 5,200 about 80 miles north of Los Angeles has seen enough of them.

    “A lot of people used to think seeing a condor was amazing,” local realtor Beth Hall told FoxNews.com. “After seeing the damage they have done, they have become less popular with people, myself included.”

    “After seeing the damage they have done, they have become less popular, among myself included.”

    - Beth Hall, local realtor

    Unfortunately for the residents, the birds are protected by both federal and state law, leaving them almost powerless to take action. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 66 of the remaining 417 condors live in Southern California.

    The condors caused significant damage on the outside of a rental property of Hall's, leaving her with big repair bills. The worst of it took place on her deck after one of the birds opened and spilled a can of white paint. Other condors tracked the paint all around on the deck, Hall said.

    Hall also reported that the birds have covered the house in feces, nibbled at the wiring of the air conditioner and ripped off the screens of two sliding doors.

    “They basically tore the screen to shreds,” Hall said. “They even damaged the frames.”

    John McCamman of the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, told FoxNews.com the birds are indeed destructive.

    “They are just ripping stuff up,” McCamman said. “There was even an allegation that one of them was ripping up somebody’s shingles."

    The condors have been under federal and state protection for over 40 years, and killing one can result in a fine, prison time, or both. McCamman's teams have been trying to gently coax the birds away.

    “When the birds are causing damage to people’s property, we try to harass them without harming them,” McCamman said. “We are trying to get them to move along.”

    McCamman says about half of the Southern California population is visiting Bear Valley Springs for the summer.

    “We are having a community meeting to brainstorm potential solutions for the problem,” McCamman said. “We are trying to get them to avoid doing things that attract the birds, like not leave puddles of water behind, or leaving food out that they like.”

    According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the species has become endangered in large part to human activities over the past two centuries. Poison bait, environmental pollutants, and contamination from lead fragments have been major causes of death. Their eggs have also been threatened by growing numbers of ravens that follow the condor’s nesting range.

    “We are concerned about the negative impact this has on the people," McCamman said. "Our goal is for coexistence.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/13/intruder-endangered-bird-species-damages-california-community-homes/#ixzz2W9lmxl87
     
  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    What irony. Bad lead bullets because the bird is endangered, but this town is like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
     
  3. jagrdawger

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    Surely an electrician could fix that air conditioner wire to solve the condor problem????????
     
  4. Ajax

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    Maybe we could shoot more of the Ravens?

    Ajax
     
  5. timberfaller

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    And all the DDT they are still spraying out down in the land of fruits and nuts.

    Boo hoo!!
     
  6. skeet_man

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    The question should be 7 1/2's or 8's for the overgrown buzzards. I figure a good stout load of 4's or maybe 2's would be better tho.
     
  8. likes-to-shoot

    likes-to-shoot Well-Known Member

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    Ok Timber, Lets see your source of information on the DDT spraying!!!
     
  9. wolfram

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    The Condors must be getting something good to eat in that town - perhaps cats and yapper dogs or possibly rodents. Not a particularly good looking raptor but too bad there are so few of them left. Then again, all species will become extinct in time - just a matter of adaptability.
     
  10. jagrdawger

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    If there were none of them left this would have never been an issue. And to think, they were down to 25 at one time. That could be described in other words a only one box away for a solution.
     
  11. RWT

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    Wolfram,

    Are condors raptors?
     
  12. timberfaller

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    Sarcasm L2s!! sarcasm!

    Besides the argument over use of DDT causing harm to the Condor was as valid as is the Climate Change HOAX.

    Put up some wind machines in town and problem solved!! Obo exempted them for ESA Law.
     
  13. Brian in Oregon

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    Wind turbines. Killing more birds than lead bullets.
     
  14. grunt

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    They have a lot of wind turbines near this town,
     
  15. R.Kipling

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    you watch some green-weenie will be saying that those nasty lead bullets have caused a general mental illness in the poor birds.........

    Kip
     
  16. wireguy

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    Those lead bullet fragments DO create mental illness in them which explains why they eat people's roofs.
     
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    Vacationing oversized buzzards, taking advantage of their protected status to be obnoxious tourists. Now that's funny :)