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Buzzards attacked my truck!

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Rngr188, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Aug 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM
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    I was fishing Saturday and passed back by the parking lot where my truck was parked to see about 10-15 buzzards on my truck going after the rubber trim. For those that don't know, they will eat ALL the rubber trim on a vehicle. Luckily I passed by on the water and saw them otherwise they would've had hours to destroy the truck. Luckily there are no scratches that I can see except for one on the hood. I'll try to post some pictures. What trim pieces do I need to get to replace what was vandalized?
     
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  2. Aug 15, 2017 at 12:35 PM
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    These rubber trim pieces at the bottom of the back glass are gone.

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  3. Aug 15, 2017 at 12:37 PM
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    This is what the weather stripping looks like at the top of the door, between the door and cab on passenger front and rear.

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  4. Aug 15, 2017 at 12:39 PM
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    Here's what they did to the roof.

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  5. Aug 15, 2017 at 12:44 PM
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    Never heard of anything like this. @Roman is your guy for parts....
     
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  6. Aug 15, 2017 at 12:45 PM
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    Here's what they did to the roof.

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  7. Aug 15, 2017 at 12:47 PM
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    That looks like an incredible amount of damage! If you hadn't interrupted them they may have taken it down to the frame.
     
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  8. Aug 15, 2017 at 12:49 PM
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    Thus is the molding on the roof, shouldn't there be a piece covering the joint? One side.

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    I didn't know they could do that :eek:
     
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    WTF???!!! Are you serious? Why do they eat the rubber? That is the craziest thing I've seen. Sorry, man.
     
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    Other side roof molding.

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    Law323 it’s only weird if you make it weird

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    whoa.....i've never heard of this!

    those spaces on the roof moulding is normal....mine has them.

    Sorry about that happening to you man! like @RowdyRon said, @Roman is your guy for parts! He should chime in soon enough.
     
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    They even picked at the factory spray-in bedliner.

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    Black Vultures and Vehicle Damage What is the problem?

    The black vulture, the gray-headed cousin of the turkey vulture, is causing damage to vehicles--often trucks and SUVs --parked at boat ramps. Windshield wipers, sunroof seals, and rubber or vinyl parts are at particular risk. Most of the time, perching black vultures do little or no damage. However, in some cases, the destruction can be extensive. The vultures can tear out rubber seals, peck pieces out of truck bed liners, and scratch paint with their claws.

    Why are they “attacking” vehicles?

    The quick answer is that no one knows for sure. Black vultures are primarily scavengers that play an important in our local ecosystem, cleaning up dead and decaying animal carcasses. Rubber and vinyl certainly isn’t a part of their natural diet, and they only rarely eat any of it. Typically, the material is simply discarded after it’s ripped from the vehicle. Some have theorized that the smell of a certain chemical in the rubber might be attracting the birds. However, studies have not supported this, and it seems an unlikely answer given that black vultures have a terrible sense of smell. Others have suggested that the behavior is social in nature. Perhaps the birds are simply filling time with their “committee” (a term used to describe a group of perched vultures), much like humans sometimes engage in what may seem like meaningless activities while hanging out together in a group. Another possibility is that it could be connected to a ritualistic feeding behavior engaged in by young black vultures. The reasons why black vultures choose to attack one vehicle over another are similarly obscure.

    https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-black_vulture_vehicle_damage_brochure.pdf
     
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    :eek:
     
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    Other side of bedliner.

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    At least the left my windshield wipers alone, I noticed one on the ground in the parking lot from another "victim".
     
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    Dayam. That's nuts. I hope there aren't any scratches on the paint from their talons.
     
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    warlord192 Get off my lawn !!

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    If they aren't a protected species I'm afraid there would be a fatal accident involving said birds.
     
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    Lead poisoning would be my first choice!
     
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    where's the .22? i would have shot them:mad:
     
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    So violent...I'll just say.."I don't know what happened"!

    :infantry:
     
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    That's being nice and not wanting screw up my truck any more than they did....
     
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    ....At some point, my life was threatened and I had to defend myself from the buzzards:quickdraw:
     
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    holy crap!! who would have thought?? I ran into a pileated woodpecker that would destroy every mirror in the parking lot at a small boat ramp in Florida. The cops thought it was vandals, turned out to be a big male 'fighting' with his image in the mirror :)
     
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