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Turkey vultures causing a buzz at St. Charles schools

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Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Stuffed turkey vulture (Source: St. Charles Community Schools) Stuffed turkey vulture (Source: St. Charles Community Schools)
ST. CHARLES, MI (WNEM) -

A federally protected bird is ruffling feathers in a local school district. 

Superintendent Michael Decker said the school has counted as many as 74 "Turkey Vultures" hanging around their athletic field.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the vultures are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but Decker said they are leaving a huge mess on the field and in the stands.

Decker said the school is using a dummy, stuffed turkey hung by a rope in hopes of deterring the vultures from landing. The stuffed turkey was provided by the DNR and appears to be working.

In the meantime, officials with the DNR said the birds will leave Michigan on their own in October or November.

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