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Thousands of seagulls take over the landfill

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Thousands upon thousands of birds are flocking to the landfill in New Hanover County and affecting staff and visitors, according to landfill manager Sam Hawes. Thousands upon thousands of birds are flocking to the landfill in New Hanover County and affecting staff and visitors, according to landfill manager Sam Hawes.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Thousands upon thousands of birds are flocking to the landfill in New Hanover County and affecting staff and visitors, according to landfill manager Sam Hawes.

Additional food and waste at the landfill could be the reason for the increased number of birds. Much of that waste used to be burned at WASTEC, but that facility closed in 2011.

Staff members say they've tried just about everything they can to keep the birds away. Hawes said fireworks, falcons and even recordings of birds in distress have done little to keep the birds away.

Hawes said the seagulls are problematic for a number of reasons, including that they carry disease.

The large number of the birds creates confusion so they cover the landfall, and sometimes workers, with their waste. They are even taking over the rooftops of neighboring businesses.

Hawes said a cull is really the only option left. The county is currently waiting for a federal permit to kill up to 10% of the population in hopes of fixing the problem.

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