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Old 01-13-2013, 12:30 PM   #15
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Carol: thanks! I did this one with a 200-400 at 400.

Francesca: I haven't seen any likely explanations, but since they're very social birds, I'd guess that the rubber-mischief got started by some black vultures, and they're tending to teach other black vultures in their social groups, less so any turkey vultures that might share the same habitats. Totally guessing here, though.
Peer pressure- just like with any other "social critters"!

That is really interesting, and makes perfect sense to me, actually...seems like most any scavenger-type bird would just HAVE TO check out anything one of his fellows was picking at.

I'll bet there are tons of scientists trying to find some lack in the bird's diet or environmental crazy-making pathogen or whatever that would explain this "strange craving"...is it possible that the answer is really as simple as the one you propose?

Prolly take about a bazillion dollars worth of research to find out...

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Thanks, Jen!

So are the rubber-attackers from both species, or is it mostly just the black vultures?


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From the article in this morning's paper, it appears it is the black vulture that is causing most of the problems. They don't really know why they are doing it, but they don't suspect odor since black vultures have a poor sense of smell. They don't eat the items they strip from the vehicles; just toss them to the side. My guess is they are bored!
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Could it be this:

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Could be...

Say...
Didja ever read the Daphne Du Maurier story that movie was based on? No Hollywood happy-ending there, and certainly an ahead of its time cautionary tale... (Link to PDF copy)

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:18 PM   #19
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this week is python hunting week, The game commish is putting up prize money for the most snakes caught and also the biggest. People buy these things for pets and when they get big enough that they want to eat their kids they take them to the Everglades and let them go wild. The snakes have really upset the eco system in Florida and they want to try to get rid of them. The hunters are allowed to kill them with machetes or shooting them in the head. Big stink about the machete kill tho. About 800 hunters from all over the country are in on it. might be there is no dead racoons, deer or porkers left for the buzzards as the snakes leave no carcass. they are even killing alligators.
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Man that sounds like the makings of a horror film much more frightening than The Birds....
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I've read about the introduced and non-native python scourge in the South...I understand that the only thing that's kept them from spreading much is climate. Too bad the starlings that came in by way of four introduced into Central Park didn't turn out to be that delicate! Coast-to-coast problem in less than a hundred years...

Sounds to me like whatever method of eradication works on the pythons should be employed, and frankly I'd think it would be a lot cleaner/safer to kill one with a machete than to blast away at it with a gun!

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I also read a $1,500 prize for whoever gets the most pythons. Also, snakes on a plane is real Not just a movie.

Google images "python on plane wing" brings up the news articles.
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post # 19... should have said thisis python hunting month, not week, sorry bout that, Bill
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should be python hunting month instead of week
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I was all stoked about finding and photographing some pythons during my south florida camping-photography trip I just got back from...but no dice.
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So last year and the year before they had an actual hunting season on the Python in Florida for the 1st time.
You needed a permit but it was free.
They issued 1250 permits the first year and guess how many Pythons were taken on those permits?

Thats Right........0!

So now I guess Cash is Going to talk?

They are also urging humane deaths for the Pythons suggesting that chopping the head off causes THEM too much suffering as they might still live for an hour without the head?
They suggest a drill bit to the brain as the more humane method!
Who thinks this stuff up?

Oh and I caught a 5' Iguana with my Egg that year too! And without a permit!
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Wonder if Vultures eat pythons? If they could be trained to do that instead of picking plastic and metal parts off cars and trailers it would be a win-win.

Ed... I still laugh when I think about your Iguana story!
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Wonder if Vultures eat pythons? If they could be trained to do that instead of picking plastic and metal parts off cars and trailers it would be a win-win.
Dear Florida:

We here at Fiberglass RV are aware that your beautiful State is presently undergoing a combined assault by members of the Animal Kingdom, namely "Vultures" and "Pythons". (We are at present leaving the scourge in South Florida called "Mickey Mouse" out of the picture)

This letter is to suggest that you immediately undertake an Effort to coat all pythons with a rubber-like compound in order to make them more attractive to Vultures than automobile rubber things presently appear to be.

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The rubber-like compound should be black in color because, let's face it, that's the color of most automobile rubber. Why else would vultures eat it- or for that matter, snakes? Hello?

We expect the result to be entirely to your satisfaction.

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