Turkey vultures invade Ga. neighborhood

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LEESBURG, Ga. — Residents say hundreds of black turkey vultures have invaded their south Georgia neighborhood.

They say the birds have taken over the trees behind their homes, their rooftops, fences and back yards along Pelham Drive in Lee County.

Residents say they’ve damaged some roofs and leave their droppings on everyone’s vehicles.

Chan Sellers tells WALB-TV the birds arrive each morning around 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m., leave to hunt, then return in the afternoon. He estimates there are 500 to 600 of them.

So many of the birds gather in the sky that Ryan Williams says he’s afraid to let his 6-week-old puppy outside for fear the dog will be scooped up by a vulture.

Lee County, just north of Albany, is about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/03/12 - 10:42 am
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Guess if you shot these

Guess if you shot these varmints you'd be in big trouble. Probably some kind of environmental hooey that they're more important than the folks they are pestering.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 01/03/12 - 11:20 am
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someone needs to film this.
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someone needs to film this. the birds meets deliverance.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/03/12 - 11:34 am
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They are just practicing for

They are just practicing for their real banquet appearance over the Obama White House on Election Day, 2012!!

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Dan White 01/03/12 - 12:17 pm
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The turkey vulture is

The turkey vulture is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and it is illegal to kill this species in the United States. Its numbers are healthy, and it is a species of least concern for conservation. It is estimated that turkey vulture populations have grown by 1.79% in recent years.

They're just passing through on their way further south. Some will even fly all the way to South America.

Firecrackers are a good way to make them roost somewhere else, but firecrackers are illegal in GA!

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REDRIDER 01/03/12 - 12:57 pm
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Automatic Noise Canons.

Automatic Noise Canons. Propane powered used in pecan orchards to scare birds and varmints off.

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burninater 01/03/12 - 03:06 pm
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If they're turkey vultures,

If they're turkey vultures, you don't need to worry about your puppies. Turkey vultures have very poor eyesight and remarkably acute smell. That's why you see them circling on high, they're keying in on airborne molecules released during decomposition.

So, unless your puppy is lying on the ground dead, it isn't at risk from a turkey vulture.

And augusta citizen, the "environmental hooey" at issue is a build-up of large carcasses, particularly deer. Do you think when large animals die their rotting bodies just magically disappear in a wink of fairy dust? Just because something isn't collecting a paycheck doesn't mean it's not providing a valuable service to you and me.

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Sweet son 01/03/12 - 03:08 pm
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I guess since the Associated

I guess since the Associated Press claims this article they ain't from round here. That bird is so ugly that they look like your mother-in-law. I guess that's why we true Southerners call them "buzzards!" Just a little fun. SS

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augusta citizen 01/03/12 - 04:39 pm
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No burninater, I don't

No burninater, I don't believe in fairy dust. Aren't there opossums, maggots and lots of other life forms eating away at those big old carcasses?

burninater
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burninater 01/03/12 - 05:04 pm
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Opossums aren't scavengers,

Opossums aren't scavengers, but yes, other things decompose along with the vultures. But if you remove vultures, you remove a major supplier of corpse removal services. It would be like saying we don't need oil because ethanol, biodiesel, and lots of other fuels are operating cars.

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augusta citizen 01/03/12 - 05:18 pm
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I spoke too quickly

I spoke too quickly burninater, it isn't opossums, rather racoons who eat carcasses. Just read that the dead raccoons seen in the road were often hit because they were feasting on roadkill. Interestingly enough, there were many human recipes for roadkill, so maybe people will be competing with the buzzards too, ugh! I wasn't condoning killing each and every buzzard, but 500 to 600 in a neighborhood screams some culling is needed.

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Boudreaux 01/03/12 - 05:32 pm
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Possums don't eat dead stuff?

Possums don't eat dead stuff? Someone needs to notify them! Maybe they've got carrion and caviar confused!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/03/12 - 05:48 pm
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Well Boudreaux, I don't know

Well Boudreaux, I don't know for sure, I always thought they did, but burninater says they don't.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 01/03/12 - 06:13 pm
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Opossum's DO eat carrion, and
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Opossum's DO eat carrion, and that is a fact.

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bjphysics 01/03/12 - 06:25 pm
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Teriyaki Turkey Vultures, mmm

Teriyaki Turkey Vultures, mmm good.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/03/12 - 06:26 pm
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If Turducken is a chicken in

If Turducken is a chicken in a duck in a turkey; what is a turkey vulture inside a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey?

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burninater 01/03/12 - 07:01 pm
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I'm not a possum biologist,

I'm not a possum biologist, and I spoke out of turn -- the little bit of research I did showed that they were omnivores, and I went with it, but you two are absolutely right, they're scavengers too.

According to Dan White above, the reason why there are so many vultures at the moment is that they are a migratory flock, and not a population bloom that needs to be culled ...

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burninater 01/03/12 - 07:03 pm
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bj, what's a chicken in a

bj, what's a chicken in a duck in a Tofurkey? (Let's see if this one survives the obscenity-by-insinuation that the ACES is cracking down on today ...)

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augusta citizen 01/03/12 - 07:21 pm
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Well, if that one passes the

Well, if that one passes the ACES filter, it will be by the skin of your nose, LOL!!!

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Sargebaby 01/03/12 - 07:23 pm
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Turkey Vultures serve a

Turkey Vultures serve a purpose that many would not even think of taking care of. If you ever have a chance to look beyond their reputations, they're actually not only interesting, they are possess a strange beauty. Kinda like American Bull Dogs, huh?

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seenitB4 01/03/12 - 07:31 pm
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A strange beauty sarge??

A strange beauty sarge??

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KSL 01/03/12 - 07:36 pm
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I want to know how you put a

I want to know how you put a turkey vulture inside a chicken.

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shrimp for breakfast 01/03/12 - 10:41 pm
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When the "Market Area" in

When the "Market Area" in Charleston sold meat and other foods back in the early 1800's the vendors would throw the scraps into the street. The "Turkey Buzzards" did such a good job of cleaning up the waste that they were protected by fines of up to ten dollars.
Because of this they became so unafraid of humans that they would get in a lot of people's way. The funny thing was that the folks called them Charleston Eagles.
Big time fine for hurting one now.

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Cadence 01/03/12 - 11:28 pm
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The article says they leave

The article says they leave to hunt which sounded like they looked for live prey. I guess they can hunt for dead things,

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itsanotherday 01/03/12 - 11:51 pm
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They will eat live food too,
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They will eat live food too, as a rule they just don't kill it; i.e., an animal on its last legs. One of the most odd and disturbing things I ever saw with these things was in Florida one year. We were taking a boat down the Silver River and had to go through locks to get there. While we were locking through, a flock of buzzards were on the opposite shore, and were working over one of their own. In short order they had pecked it to death and had begun to devour it. I'm assuming it was sick or something.

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