North Louisiana-based military base looks to fight birds
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AP) - Vultures on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base in north Louisiana are causing a problem, prompting officials to bring out the pyrotechnic screamers.
The Times reports those noisemakers aimed at scaring away the birds make a loud whistling noise and base officials say they're similar to fireworks. Officially, the operation is called a Bird and Animal Strike Hazard operation, or BASH for short.
Two different types of vultures are typically seen in Louisiana - the black vulture and the turkey vulture. The base says the birds pose a safety hazard to ingoing and outgoing aircraft and are destructive to base property.
The screamers began operating Monday and will be in effect through Friday.