by Adam Manno
"The effigies are placed there by the US dept of agricultural [sic] at our request to deter the swarming turkey bulges [sic] that eat the caulking from our pool decks," said Brickyard Plantation community manager Victoria Austin in an e-mail obtained by the City Paper. "Please do not remove."
"A lot of our effigies are from other projects we’ve done in the state, so a lot of times we’ll just take a carcass and we’ll get it hung in those areas," Myers added.
The birds are usually left until they deteriorate naturally. A single one is effective for an average of six to eight months.
"We, a lot of times, encourage loud noises like pyrotechnics or use lasers, kind of like little light pointers, or actual lasers that we use ... to harass vultures," Myers said. "We’re just trying to move them to a location where they won’t create a problem for somebody else."
The live vultures nest near a radio tower behind the Boone Hall farm store, causing damage when they migrate to Brookyard Plantation.
"They're protected by Wildlife, so we just have to deter them," explained Brickyard Plantation homeowner's association president Joanna Hoover.