Turkey Vultures

Asked December 28, 2015, 1:29 PM EST

I am a resident in a Townhouse community in Lancaster Township that is having a problem with turkey vultures. They are roosting on our roofs, "dancing" on our chimneys and just basically causing havoc in our neighborhood. Our townhouses sit on property in front of Comcast's cable towers and the interesting part is that these vultures have been sitting on the towers for 10-15 years never venturing onto our properties, My question is why have they suddenly decided to roost on our roofs and walk our properties? What has changed to make them change their usual habits? And what can we do to send them back to the towers? We have tried numerous tactics and nothing seems to scare them. They just sit there and stare at us. Trash day is a nightmare-they walk our streets disturbing our trash and making unbelievable messes. Who can we turn to and what can we do to rid ourselves of these creatures? We don't care if they sit on the towers, just not our our roofs. HELP!!

Lancaster County Pennsylvania

1 Response

These birds are migratory in nature unless they find a food source. Turkey vultures have red heads Black Vultures have black heads and are slightly smaller. Access to food and roosting areas sound like what is keeping them in your neighborhood. Yes, I have seen them in electric power towers in migration zones. You may wish to contact your township to see if they have resources for scaring the birds causing them to move on. If not, contact USDA wildlife services for assistance in Harrisburg. Contact Info:
USDA Wildlife Services

P.O. Box 60827
Harrisburg, PA 17106
Phone: (717) 236-9451
FAX: (717) 236-9454
Toll-Free Number: 1-866-4USDAWS
(1-866-487-3297)
www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage

See their guidance on vultures here: http://1.usa.gov/1IBmNvP
and related extension publications from other sources:
http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/environment/vultures.shtml

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/wildthings/091211.html

DO NOT APPROACH a vulture as their defense is to vomit on you. This vomit is a bio-hazard to you and needs to be handled correctly. Be sure your garbage is secured in cans with tight fitting lids. Laser pointers and pyrotechnic noise makers ($$$) may help harass these birds on to their next location as they migrate for winter.