As of Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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A turkey vulture is silhouetted against the moon while flying over southern Lee County Tuesday afternoon. Residents in a Lee County neighborhood say hundreds of the birds have taken over the area, causing damage and creating a mess.
LEESBURG, Ga. — Residents say hundreds of black turkey vultures have invaded their south Georgia neighborhood.
They say the birds have taken over the trees behind their homes, their rooftops, fences and back yards along Pelham Drive in Lee County.
Residents say they’ve damaged some roofs and leave their droppings on everyone’s vehicles.
Chan Sellers told reporters that the birds arrive each morning around 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m., leave to hunt, then return in the afternoon. He estimates there are 500 to 600 of them.
So many of the birds gather in the sky that Ryan Williams says he’s afraid to let his 6-week-old puppy outside for fear the dog will be scooped up by a vulture.