Fecal Fiasco: Vultures Versus Texan Customs and Border Radio Tower

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Health Editor’s Note: Obviously this U.S. Customs and Border Protection Radio Tower has been built in a vulture fly-way, one of the areas that they like to frequent and possibly call home. All we can say is “You build it and they will come”…Carol


Vulture Poop Has Compromised a Customs and Border Protection Radio Tower in Texas

By Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonianmag.com

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has lost control of a radio tower in Texas—not to a downed power line or a bizarre frequency fritz, but to a flock of well-fed vultures that arrived to unceremoniously drop a deuce.

The 320-foot tower, located in the city of Kingsville, is now entirely coated in the feces, urine, and vomit of some 300 vultures who first began calling the facility home over six years ago, according to a CBP document. Bathed in this nauseating soup, railings, catwalks, supports and other structures around and inside the tower—many of which workers come into direct contact with—have become “a safety hazard,” Leah Asmelash and Hollie Silverman report for CNN.

Concerned that the infestation will compromise their ability to exchange intel on trade and border security, government officials are seeking to obtain a “Vulture Deterrence Netting System” that would make the tower less appealing to land on, before the birds’ roosting season begins in late summer or fall.

The fear of gazing skyward into a haze of fast-pooping scavengers—which will apparently also drop their prey from heights of 300 feet or more—is reason enough to call in sick to work, but the…

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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  1. If they move it will the vultures follow? Maybe the vultures could be persuaded to roost, etc. on top of the border fence. That would deter fence climbers, no? (which I heard is what people are now doing). We do need vultures, as we need garbagemen, although garbagemen do not really get rid of dead things and trash, they just move it away from our homes. It is really a better idea for us all to have compost containers. That would be more thorough and more ecologically sound, as in….returning to the earth what came from the earth. Well, I digress. In Belfast, Northern Ireland there is a program in which an apartment dweller puts vegetable waste in a container on the curb. This is emptied during the recycling route. Belfast authorities said this cuts costs for garbage hauling as there is less garbage and it is of course good for the earth.

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