Operations by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at the U.S.-Mexico border are being disrupted by a group of 300 vultures that has taken up residence in one of their radio towers in Texas. According to an information request from the agency to vendors, the entire tower has been coated in bodily fluids from the birds, including urine, feces, and a corrosive vomit that is eating away at the metal that makes up the tower.
“They will often defecate and vomit from their roost onto buildings below that house employees and equipment. There are anecdotes about birds dropping prey from a height of 300 feet, creating a terrifying and dangerous situation for those concerned.” https://t.co/tj2lOdMN0h— Justin Rohrlich (@JustinRohrlich) January 10, 2020
Not only that, the vultures will sometimes drop their prey from the tower.
“They will often defecate and vomit from their roost onto buildings below that house employees and equipment,” a CBP spokesperson told Quartz. “There are anecdotes about birds dropping prey from a height of 300 feet, creating a terrifying and dangerous situation for those concerned.”
Talk about a hostile work environment.
In addition to the issue of rotting meat bombs, the smell from a large flock of vultures can become a problem, with one homeowner describing it as that of “a thousand rotting corpses.” However, the biggest problem for the CBP seems to be the disruptions to radio communication, which the agency relies on heavily for its operations.
Unfortunately for CBP, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prevents them from killing any of the vultures. Instead, the agency is weighing options such as hanging a freeze-dried vulture carcass or “taxidermic effigy” from the tower, which will often convince flocks of the scavengers to move. According to experts on this problem, vultures will not congregate where one of their flock has been killed.
The CBP has come under fire in recent years for their handling of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, coming from Central America as the U.S. “war on drugs” has fueled drug cartels that have made nations like Guatemala and El Salvador dangerous for everyday families to live in.
Most recently, they were criticized for reportedly detaining Iranian-born individuals at U.S. borders following the spiking tensions with Iran. CBP denied these reports, yet stories from detained individuals have been reported in the Seattle Times and other local publications from states on the Canadian border.
So it’s no surprise that many people are welcoming the news about the vulture poop problem.
A hearty Shabbat Shalom to these 300 vultures https://t.co/yxDgB9xDqu— Eli Valley (@elivalley) January 10, 2020
Sanders/300 Vultures 2020 https://t.co/5n7VyVksAK— jason (@PollardGreens) January 10, 2020
300 vultures...........welcome to the resistance https://t.co/ETxUqIPnCS— Eva Palmer (@Eva_Palmer) January 10, 2020
tfw these 300 vultures have accomplished more than every "Sign the petition to stop Trump" email combined https://t.co/gzCRsa5J8X— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) January 10, 2020
I stan three hundred (300) vultures 🥰 https://t.co/T7ad9Qkxtf— Wayward Shipper (@thiswaywardship) January 10, 2020
Others just can’t resist the joke potential.
30-50 feral hogs walked so 300 vultures could fly https://t.co/lAWGiFD4RK— Colin Smith (@tw1tterusernam3) January 10, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” is nothing compared to what U.S. Customs and Border Protection workers are enduring at an outpost near the Mexico border. https://t.co/6Q68Gby9yG— Idaho Statesman (@IdahoStatesman) January 10, 2020
You are saying we need a new 300 movie where the vultures hold off communications all by themselves?
— BofC (@bblit) January 10, 2020
Anyone made the “300 vultures go on chapo” joke yet?
— Griffon, a crab with tiddies (@MyNameIsGriffon) January 10, 2020
300 Vultures/Giant Meteor 2020 – A ticket for our inevitable future.
— P.J. Shapiro (@PJShapiro) January 10, 2020
The CBP could also shut down its operations. Just a thought.