Vultures Vex Visitors At Everglades National Park

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (January 2, 2013)--Visitors to parts of Everglades National Park are being given tarps and bungee cords to make their vehicles less delectable to migrating vultures, which have developed a habit of ripping off windshield wipers, sunroof seals, and other rubber and vinyl vehicle parts.

Visitors to the park's Homestead and Flamingo entrances are lent "anti-vulture kits" to protect their vehicles.

Park wildlife biologist Skip Snow said the vultures are migrating as usual, but says it’s not clear why the birds are picking at parked cars and trucks.

Park employees have tried to scare away the vultures, but nothing has worked.

Park Superintendent Dan Kimball says complaints about the vultures have declined since employees began distributing the tarps and bungee cords last year.

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