Vultures Take Over Augusta Neighborhood

By: Karen Campbell
By: Karen Campbell

July 22, 2011

Residents in one Augusta County neighborhood are trying to get rid of loud, pesky vultures.

Rick Hudnall says about 50 of these turkey vultures are making his Churchville neighborhood their own. They've also been spotted on his roof.

"They come over here and get in my trees," said Hudnall. "I would end up with bird poop in my cistern, and I didn't know it was happening."

Hudnall says he used to collect rain water and the vultures contaminated it. Later on that drinking water made him sick.

Angered, he's taken matters into his own hands by trying to shoot at the birds and scare them away. When that didn't work, he reached out for help.

"Wildlife has not done anything to try and help me get rid of them, and it's beginning to be a big problem," he said.

Hudnall says wildlife officials told him he would have to pay
hundreds of dollars to make the problem go away. Although, he's already spent hundreds of dollars for shell casings for his rifle.

It's illegal to kill the vultures, so Hudnall is hoping someone will have some answers as to how else to get rid of them.

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