ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) – Vultures are invading a neighborhood in Timber Springs, Florida.
Several homeowners in the East Orange County neighborhood said they have had enough of the nuisance.
“They bounce on top of our roof and then they come back and use this screen enclosure as a trampoline,” Andy Wright, one of the homeowners, said.
Wright said he’s already replaced the pool screen three times because of vultures tearing it to shreds.
“At the worst case scenario, we’re talking about at least two hundred vultures,” Wright said.
According the residents, at dawn, hundreds of vultures leave nearby cypress trees and perch on top of the homes around a retention pond inside the Tudor Grove subdivision.
“They’re here all day when we’re out at work. They’ll be about a dozen or so out, hopping around, having a pool party,” Wright said.
A neighbor captured a video of the birds gathering inside a pool enclosure.
Vultures are federally protected, and a wildlife trapper needs a permit to kill or capture them.
Wright said at one point, the HOA contracted a wildlife specialist but suddenly backed off, saying removing the birds was not its responsibility.
“I would like the HOA to step up and help out with the common areas, abate the birds, relocate them. We’re not talking about shooting them or anything,” Wright said.
The president of the HOA declined an on-camera interview but said they have no legal obligation to remove the birds. He also said vultures are a natural nuisance and homeowners assumed the risk when they bought houses there.
The HOA said it’s empathetic to the homeowners and plans to hold a community meeting to discuss the problem, but the president is not optimistic they’ll take action.
He told WESH 2 News even if the vultures were moved, it is possible they may end up in another part of the neighborhood, perpetuating the problem.
Wright disagrees and says he plans to talk with an attorney about forcing the HOA to act.