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Bunn, North Carolina residents are baffled by the invasion of buzzards.
Numerous birds have congregated in the area, and efforts to scare them away with cannons or horns have failed.
Although they have a bad reputation, the black-colored turkey vultures known as buzzards are usually harmless to humans.
According to reports, Buzzards have infiltrated a North Carolina town and tried to scare them away with loud cannons or fake effigies.
According to The News & Observer, Bunn has seen a convergence of birds of prey in the past year.
Ally Leggett, a local resident, told the paper that she saw 58 buzzards perched on her home during the invasion.
She said, gesturing up to the roof, "This weekend they were up there, swarming." It drives my dogs crazy.
She claimed that unwelcome guests would climb on her chimney, leaving a trail behind destruction from their habits of pulling down bricks and pecking at them.
According to the newspaper, 28 buzzards were seen sitting on Main Street's cell tower, while 21 others gathered at Bunn High School across Main Street.
Bunn residents are baffled by the birds' attraction to their community and have tried various scare tactics to get them away.
The town started firing a propane cannon from the roof of the high school in December. It hoped that the shotgun sound would scare away the birds.
According to Steve Massey, chief of police, "That worked for awhile," he told the local newspaper. "It seems that they're back."
Massey said that he frequently passes birds to blow his horn at them.
To keep birds away, the town tried other methods such as hanging "effigies' around the roof of the high school. But the 2 foot tall black birds were unaffected.
The birds, which are sometimes called buzzards are actually turkey vultures or black vultures. Both of these protected species are also known. Both federal and state law prohibit the killing, injury, harassment, and harassing of birds.
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According to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the turkey vulture can fly five feet and black vultures six feet.
Vultures are often feared because they eat primarily carrion and are frequently depicted in popular culture as harbingers for doom.
People feel a lot of disgust for the birds because they often vomit when threatened. According to the News & Record of Greensboro, their droppings can eat through paint on cars.
They are generally harmless, despite their bad reputation.
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