US Army Corps of Engineers
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Paint Creek Plans Vulture Damage Control

Published Sept. 13, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Paint Creek Lake in Bainbridge, Ohio, has contracted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to remove Turkey and Black Vultures from the dam’s spillway gates, machinery and accesses.

This will be accomplished using harassment techniques and pyrotechnics, which includes firecrackers and fireworks. The pyrotechnics efforts will begin shortly before twilight and will last for up to two hours each evening from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27, 2013.

A visual effort will also be made using an effigy of a preserved vulture suspended from a light fixture on top of the spillway gates. Previous uses of this technique at other sites have shown that the vultures will see the effigy, leave the area and will not return. 

These efforts are being made to reduce the health risk to visitors and employees, to reduce the risk of damage to visitor's vehicles and vessels, and reduce damage done to spillway gate operating equipment, thereby reducing the cost of maintenance.

For more information, contact Paint Creek Lake at 937-365-1470 or the Public Affairs office at 304-399-5353.



Public Affairs

Release no. PA13-56