After consulting with the Department of Natural Resources regarding a multitude of problems being experienced in Cherokee with roosting turkey vultures, the City announced that the Police Department will be utilizing noise shells beginning Monday, June 13, in an effort to roust the large, troublesome birds.
The noise shells will be fired near roosting sites immediately adjacent to the communications towers at the Cherokee County Courthouse and the former Garfield Elementary School building, and at the grain elevators on the River Road. The shells will be shot off near dusk, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., when the vultures have just begun their roosting. The noise will be similar to the explosions made by large fireworks and are designed to scare away the vultures -- not to harm them.
Questions may be directed to City Administrator Don Eikmeier at 225-5749, or to Police Chief Steve Schuck at 225-6464.