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Cambria residents find the source of the big bangs

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CAMBRIA (WSIL) -- Monday, the Village of Cambria posted on Facebook, addressing the loud noises that were bothering some residents.

"We had some of our employees that live in town, brought it to our attention at the city hall. And then we had Facebook comments also from people from the middle of town all the way to the northern end," said Cambria Village President Steven Gottschalk.

But these loud booms have a special purpose.

"We have propane canons to deter the birds in our vineyard. They damage the crop. Just like most things, they love grapes," said Walker's Bluff Vineyard C.O.O Ryan Phelps.

Walker's Bluff Vineyard takes other measures to deter pests, such as repellents, nets, and an inflatable balloon.

If the vineyard did not take these precautions, the repercussions would be costly.

"It can produce four bottles of wine, at $20 a bottle, that's $80 a plant. So we have approximately 6 acres here with about 700 plants per acre. So that's a lot of bottles of wine the birds can take before we even get a chance to even make it into wine," Phelps said.

The loud booms most Cambria residents were hearing came from a dying battery on one of the canons, and Walker's Bluff told residents they are working quickly to fix the issue.

But as to why the vineyard uses canons?

"Anything to scare them away. We try to be as conservative as possible. We don't want to shoot the birds, or harm them in any way, so we try to just deter them from coming here," Phelps explained.

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Madeline Parker

Madeline Parker is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Madeline joined the team in 2020 and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism and a minor in Communication Studies.

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