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Vultures Invading Clarksville Neighborhood

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by Adam Ghassemi

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Several large and destructive vultures have moved into a Montgomery County neighborhood - and they won't leave. Some have even become aggressive towards residents. 

Natosha Colon was busy planning her son's first backyard birthday party Wednesday. She was expecting a lot of guests, but there were some nearby visitors she hoped got the message that they were not invited.

"It's a little scary," Colon said. "I've lived in the country all my life and I've never seen anything like this."

Colon noticed a few black vultures show up in her neighbor's yard last week. She said they just kept coming. Before long, more than 30 were leaving their mark, causing damage to roofs, decks, fences and even grills.

"It's pretty unnerving to walk out your door and see something so close that's big and eating your property up," she said.

One even got a little too aggressive with her children.

"All of a sudden the bird swoops down right there like two inches above my head," her daughter Kayla said.

After calling every agency imaginable she finally got through to the USDA Wildlife Service office in Madison where someone told her one remedy might be to get a vulture carcass from the facility and hang it in one of the trees.

Colon said the solution seemed odd. 

"It's kind of like candid camera - you think that somebody's crazy for telling you to do something like that," said Colon.

Since black and turkey vultures have been protected under the federal Migratory Bird Act, it is illegal to kill the birds, but not harass them. Violations could result in federal fines.

Someone at the Nashville office said by phone Wednesday hanging the carcass was just one option. Another would be to hang a black plastic bag as a vulture effigy, which can usually deter them.

They said fireworks might also scare the vultures off, assuming its legal and residents obtained proper permits.

"I'm not an expert marksman so I'm not going to guarantee you that if I shoot off a firework that it's not going to hurt one of them and I don't want to be fined for it either," said Colon.

Authorities believed a deer hit by a car nearby first brought the vultures to her home. Colon hoped their stay doesn't become permanent.

"You hope they're gone and that they've decided to go on somewhere else, but then the next second you turn around and they're right back," she said.

Anyone with vulture problems can check available options tpo get rid of the birds by calling 1-866-4-USDAWS, which will connect you to the local USDA Wildlife Services office.

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