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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
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It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
With help from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgians are using sirens and Canada goose decoys to try to scare away hundreds of black and turkey vultures that moved in around Thanksgiving.
These days, the trees along Pelham Drive are often thick with vultures. At times they darken the skies, when hundreds take flight. They're a nuisance for neighbors who with the help of DNR are fighting back.
"They like to get up on roofs and pull up shingles, they'll get on boat cushions and pull out the stuffing of the boat cushions so, they can cause quite a bit of damage," Julie Robbins, a Wildlife Biologist Georgia Dept. of Nature Resources.
To keep the birds out of neighboring trees, DNR is using psychological warfare, arming neighbors, not to harm the birds, but to scare them away.
"This is the launch that acts a lot like a cap gun and this is called a screamer siren that makes a loud noise as it shoot to help haze the animals away," said Robbins. "For scaring vultures these tend to be the most effective methods that we have right now, there are also laser available that you can shine in their eyes as well."
DNR is able to provide several of the screaming sirens and guns to neighbors to shoot off when they see the birds roosting. Biologists say the black and turkey vulture mixed flocks have a tendency to migrate to Georgia during the winter months and often become a problem.
Neighbors have found it's quite effective. "We heard them shooting whatever that is a couple of days ago and for the last couple of days it hasn't been as many, just a few in the trees out there," Chan Sellars said.
A Canada goose decoy can also help. "We've spray painted them black to make them look a little more like a vulture," said Robbins. "We hook the line up in the branches and we can run the effigy up into the tree and hang it in the branches."
It sends a strong message to the unwanted feathered visitors. "It reinforces the message to the vultures particularly when you fire off a pyrotechnic, that something bad has happened and they don't want to come back to that roost site."
Neighbors hope the vultures get the message loud and clear and find a more appropriate place to spend their days.
The DNR says they get more vulture complaints in the winter when black and turkey vultures migrate into Georgia.
Biologists say the birds are relatively clean and only pose a health risk when they're in large concentrations and create a large accumulation of feces.