Buzzards that vomit when threatened and leave piles of acidic dropping have invaded a small town and nobody knows why

Sleeping black vultures. Getty Images
Residents of Bunn, North Carolina, are puzzled as to why buzzards invaded their town.
Dozens of birds have gathered in the city and attempts to scare them away with cannons and horns have failed.
Buzzards, which are black vultures or turkey vultures, have a bad reputation but are generally harmless to humans.
Buzzards have attacked a city in North Carolina and attempts to scare them away with loud cannons and false images have reportedly failed.
Over the past year, birds of prey have converged in Bunn, North Carolina, The News & Observer of Raleigh said.
Local resident Ally Leggett told the newspaper that at the height of the invasion, she counted 58 buzzards sitting around her home.
"They were up there this weekend and raved about it," she told the newspaper and pointed to the roof. "That drives my dogs insane."
She said the uninvited visitors would settle on her chimney and leave a trail of destruction as they peck at the bricks and pull them down.
On Wednesday, 28 buzzards were sitting on a cell tower along Main Street and another 21 were gathering at Bunn High School across the street, the paper said.
Confused about why the birds are so attracted to their city, Bunn residents have tried various tactics to scare them away.
In December, the city began firing a propane cannon from the roof of the local high school at regular intervals, day and night, in hopes that the shotgun-like sound would scare away the birds.
"It worked for a while," police chief Steve Massey told the local newspaper. "It seems they are back."
Massey added that he often goes past the birds to blow their horns.
The city also tried putting "portraits" on the high school roof to keep the birds away, but the 2 foot tall black birds were unimpressed.
Although called buzzards, the birds are either black or turkey vultures, both of which are protected species. Federal and state laws prohibit killing, injuring, or harassing the birds.
According to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the turkey vulture has a wingspan of five feet and the black vulture is six feet tall.
Vultures are often disliked because they primarily feed on carrion and are often portrayed in popular culture as harbingers of doom and death.
Birds' habit of vomiting when threatened increases the disgust people feel towards them. Their poop is acidic and can eat its way through the paintwork of a car, according to the News & Record of Greensboro.
Despite their reputation, they are mostly harmless to humans.
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