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Turkey Vultures targeted In Ridgeland

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

This week Ridgeland residents were told not to panic if they heard what may sound like gunshots. It's all part of a plan to evict some unwanted birds.

This winter, two turkey vultures decided to make their home behind the Club on Lake Harbor drive, without a membership, which quickly became a problem.

"Apparently they're standing around on the ground near the pool and when the patrons are walking out the building they're scaring them," said Animal Control Officer Craig Cotten.

So now the city is taking steps to evict them.

"We have an explosive device a bird banger is what we informally call it.  It's basically a large firework that shoots up into the air 200 feet and explodes and the concussion shocks the birds and makes them move elsewhere," said Cotten.

The city's already used it to scare off gathering geese near the reservoir.

Turkey vultures are federally protected, so you can't shoot them or touch them.

Ridgeland residents are being told not to be startled if they hear the loud bangs. It's just the city's way of keeping buzzards from congregating.

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