Vultures Interfere with Corpse Pit

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From the new Six Feet Under CD Reuters:
‘Body farm’ on hold due to vultures

A TEXAS university’s plans for a site to study decomposing human remains have been put on hold due to fears that vultures drawn to the “body farm” may pose a danger to nearby aircraft…

“There’s a lot of people who don’t want it their backyard, and that’s certainly understandable,” Mark Hendricks, a university spokesman, said today. He said the body farm would have six to nine bodies at any given time, in various states of decomposition. Some would be partially buried, and others might be left on the ground under cages to protect them from vultures, Mr Hendricks said.

Texas State University decided not to use the site near the municipal airport after officials expressed concern that buzzards attracted to decomposing bodies might strike incoming or outgoing airplanes, Mr Hendricks said…

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