05 Sep 2006

NASA May Hire Falconers

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Pesky flocks of vultures frequent the Kennedy Space Center, feasting on abundant road kill.

NASA illustrates the black vulture (Coragyps atratus), but turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) are more commonly noted as aviation hazards

One of the unattractive scavengers bounced off the fuel tank of the shuttle Discovery during a July 2005 launch (fortunately without damage).

NASA’s latest idea for vulture control consists of hiring falconers to drive them off.

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