- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Fredericksburg is the ruler of the roost after a removal effort drove off a flock of pesky vultures.

Agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services banged on trees with sticks, set off pyrotechnics and used other harassment and intimidation techniques to spur the birds to leave.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Kirkpatrick tells The Free Lance-Star (https://bit.ly/1MwdlK4 ) that the agents drove the birds away in about half the time expected.

Supervisory wildlife biologist Dage Blixt with the USDA has said about 60 vultures began roosting in a wooded area about 15 years ago.

As the flock grew, the vultures became a nuisance.

Gladys H. Oberle School maintenance worker Paul Jett says he has lost count of the number of holes he has patched in the school’s roof.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, https://www.fredericksburg.com/

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