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Va. town taking aim at hundreds of buzzards

Friday - 10/19/2012, 12:28pm  ET

ALTAVISTA, Va. - The population of buzzards roosting in Altavista has spiked this year, fouling cars, damaging homes and spooking residents.

The Town Council has voted to spend up to $10,000 to rid the community of the birds.

The News and Advance ( http://bit.ly/UddZl1) of Lynchburg reports that the funding will go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to trap and move up to 300 buzzards under a permit with federal wildlife officials.

Besides the relocation effort, the town has received an additional permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service to kill 35 of the birds.

The permits are necessary because buzzards are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

The USDA could start the process as early as Oct. 29.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/


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