A small town in North Carolina plans to install a propane cannon on the roof of a high school to combat vultures that congregate in the area.
The town of Bunn, about 30 miles northeast of Raleigh, with a population of 350, will temporarily install a cannon on the roof of the high school on Dec. 22 and will use it until Jan. 3 while the children are on vacation. The cannon will be fired in the morning, afternoon and evening as the vultures try to settle in for the night.
The cannon emits a clap of 130 decibels, similar to a shotgun blast.
Black vultures and vultures are federally protected migratory birds, and a permit is required to legally “capture” them, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, permission to disperse vultures is not prohibited.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, vultures devouring carrion can cause agricultural and property damage, as well as human health problems.