Vultures, unruffled by attempts to shoo them away, settle in at CNU and attack vehicles

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — It’s been a little over a month since Christopher Newport University’s ‘bird problem’ started. 

“They’re big, they’re scary, we want them to leave,” according to CNU External Relations Director Tom Kramer. 

Kramer says a group of vultures have decided to make the CNU North Office building their new home. 

“At first they weren’t a problem despite the fact that they are large, scary looking birds. Recently though, they’ve started damaging personal property,” said Kramer. 

So far two staff members have had to call their insurance companies because the birds damaged their cars.

“They seem to like soft rubber on cars.They have ripped the foam or rubber off the vehicles,” he said. 

University officials are now doing all they can to get rid of them, but they can’t harm them in the process. 

“It’s important to know these are protected birds. There are protected by various state and federal laws about how you can actually remove them,” Kramer explained.

So they’ve hired a licensed wildlife control professional to help get the birds to leave. 

Kramer says that’s why you’ll see spikes and spinners around the building, as well as owl decoys. 

Plus, they’ve got campus security officers patrolling the parking lot and sidewalks to keep the birds off the ground and off of people’s property.

But despite all of this, the birds still seem unbothered and it could be a while before they decide to move on. 

“They are migratory, as are many birds, so hopefully they migrate soon,” he said. 

University officials have also told employees that they can park in other parking lots around the university if they feel uncomfortable. 

So far the damage has been to the cars but some people have reported the vultures swooping down close to their heads. 

They’re asking anyone who has car damage to report it to their insurance company.

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