In a social media post, the city is warning residents not to be alarmed by the flash bangs to be set off from 4 p.m. until dark Wednesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 21. While the vultures, which are a protected species, will not be hurt, the public may be alarmed by flashes, smoke, or loud bangs.
“The birds’ feces and vomit can accumulate, especially on roofs of houses, office buildings, communication towers, and electrical transmission structures,” states the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. “When this happens on electrical transmission towers, arcing and power outages may occur, at great expense to utility companies. When this happens on communication towers often used as roosting sites by vultures, it hampers maintenance activities and impacts the longevity of the structure.”