Turkey vultures terrorizing Florida neighborhood, residents say

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Families in a neighborhood in Westchase, Flordida, say turkey vultures are invading the area and tearing up their homes.

Judy Oliveri says the neighborhood is overrun with the birds that have been multiplying since they showed up three years ago.

“We could have 20 to 25 vultures on our roofs,” she said. “They land on our screens, their under feathers are all over the roof, their droppings are all over the place.”

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People in the neighborhood say the birds are damaging houses and getting more aggressive with pets and kids.

“Sometimes I get really scared by that — they just start squawking,” 9-year-old Arnav Korde said.

“They are destroying our neighborhood and our property values,” Oliveri said. “I would like them gone.”

According to Eric Goldstein, turkey vultures are protected by the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, meaning you can’t touch them.

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“Because of all of the construction it disturbed their habitat and because of that they were finding different places to live,” Goldstein said.

The U.S. Agriculture Department will remove the birds, but the process is expected to take a few weeks.

“We’re just waiting on the USDA to contact us and tell us when they’re coming,” Goldstein said.

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