SHELBY, N.C. — Hundreds of vultures are reported to be swarming a North Carolina neighborhood, hovering over homes, scaring pets and making people nervous.
WSOC reported that residents along Peach Street in Shelby have seen hundreds of vultures.
“Just circling in like big, big packs and they are like big, big birds,” said neighbor Jordan Walker, according to WSOC.
Neighbor Ann McEntire said it makes her feel kind of creepy.
McEntire said she saw so many perched on her neighbor’s home “they completely covered it.”
The birds normally pass through while migrating south for the winter. An intern who has been studying the birds for the state agriculture service said the vultures stopped here because of the mild winter.
“We are just not getting cold enough to push them along,” said Kristen Duren with the Cooperative Extension. “What used to be five to 10 birds is going up to 150 birds.”
Turkey vultures will not attack children or small animals, but they will go after pet food and trash and they can wreck the value of property. Their droppings can discolor homes and cars and they can rip out shingles.
State agriculture agents said the birds have come to this neighborhood because of the dead trees, which the birds prefer. Getting rid of the old trees could be the first step in getting rid of the birds.
Shooting the birds is forbidden by state law. But there is another way: a scarecrow made to look like a dead bird could chase the vultures away.