Clay Center Police Get Help Shooing Buzzards

CLAY CENTER, Kan. (AP) _ A large -- and messy -- flock of buzzards has taken to roosting high atop some sycamore trees in a Clay Center yard.

Homeowners have grown tired of the mess and other problems the birds create, so a Kansas State University wildlife expert arrived Monday night with a tool to help local police get rid of the big black birds.

The Pyro-Technic gun emits a blast and a whistle designed to scare the birds away. Kansas State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee said the buzzards just chose a spot they like, and keep coming back.

Police said they'll try the solution for a few more nights this week.

As many as 30 buzzards have gathered in the trees at a time.

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