It appears that a large kettle of vultures has decided to make a U.S. Custom and Border Patrol radio tower their home.
An estimated 300 vultures have made themselves at home in, on and around a radio tower located in Kingsville, Texas. The birds of prey have covered the tower in “droppings mixed with urine.”
Reportedly the vultures have made life hell for agency employees who work at the tower, which is located about 100 miles east of the border town of Loredo.
The large group of vultures has lived in the tower for several years now, but Border Patrol officers have reportedly reached their limit of tolerance with the situation. Officers are now speaking out in hopes that someone will step up and help the agency put some kind of netting around the entire radio tower. They hope the netting will keep the vultures out of the tower and prevent them from defecating all over it.
Besides covering the radio tower in inches deep bird feces, officers say the vultures have created other dangers as well. Several workers have reported that the vultures are dropping their prey from heights up to 300 feet. Workers also state that vulture vomit is corrosive and is threatening the integrity of the radio tower. The vulture feces also makes for dangerous, slippery surfaces that the workers have to climb and walk on.
Killing the vultures, thankfully, is illegal. Scavenger birds are protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Customs and Border Protection has stated that it hopes to have the necessary funds to purchase netting and put it in place by August.