The dead vulture rose into a tree in a hilly New Jersey suburb, hoisted to a branch where it will hang upside-down until spring.
Wildlife staff said it’s a sure-fire way to get an estimated 100 black and turkey vultures from roosting in the neighborhood, leaving behind foul-smelling and acidic droppings on roofs and lawns, creeping out residents and even their pets.
Neighborhood residents watched as wildlife specialist Terri Ombrello launched a weighted fishing line over a branch with a sling shot. She took turns with partner Nicole Rein tying the bird’s legs with another line then pulled the bird about 30 feet off the ground.
Vultures may like to eat road kill but it turns out they don’t like the sight of their own dead upside down.
“They don’t like seeing their own in that unnatural position,” Rein said.