According to reports, buzzards have invaded a small North Carolina town, and attempts to scare them off have failed.
Over the last few months, the birds have assembled in Bunn, North Carolina, The News & Observer said.
Bunn resident Ally Leggett told news agencies that she had over 58 of the birds of prey perched on top of her house at one time during the peak of the invasion.
She said the ‘trespassers’ had a habit of pecking and pulling bricks off her chimney.
Police chief Steve Massey said that residents tried to scare off the birds by firing a loud propane cannon off the rooftop of a local high school, hoping the noise would scare off the birds, but the tactic didn’t work.
Buzzards are a protected species, and Federal and state laws prohibit the killing or hurting these animals.
The birds: A North Carolina town finds itself under siege by buzzards, and nothing the locals do to scare them off seems to work. The buzzards are congregating at every available location in the town of Bunn. https://t.co/QKOWcL0QfF #odd— AP Oddities (@AP_Oddities) October 23, 2021
According to the News & Record of Greensboro, their droppings are acidic and can eat through the paint on a car, according to the News & Record of Greensboro.
Despite their reputation, they are mostly harmless to humans.