Easier to demolish vacant house than to convince vultures to leave

If this keeps up, Philadelphians might want to consider renaming their football team.

The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections was set to demolish a long-vacant home that residents say has become home to a committee of turkey vultures. Yes, a group of the birds — sometimes also called buzzards — is known as a “committee.”

Christina Ali-Bey says she lives next door to the home and can hear the vultures scratching and walking around all night long, “like a horror movie.”

She’s even afraid the birds will scoop up her tiny dog, Rocco, a teacup Yorkie. Other residents see the birds regularly picking through their trash.

The birds are a protected species, so it’s illegal to harm or kill them.

Perhaps this will serve as a lesson to the city about boarding up – checking to maintain access closed – abandoned housing. Or better yet, put it to temporary use housing the homeless.

7 thoughts on “Easier to demolish vacant house than to convince vultures to leave

  1. Ursa says:

    They could just play rap music, or better yet, one of Donald Trump’s rants ~ that should drive even a vulture away ~

  2. eideard says:

    Few birds as graceful as a soaring vulture. One of my favorite signs spring is really here – when the vultures return from Mexico and downstate.

    Though, Trump probably hates birds as much as he hates people.

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