As if 2020 couldn’t get more apocalyptic, black vultures have come to a small town in Pennsylvania – they wreaked havoc, destroyed property, and spread their excrement.
Marietta, Lancaster County, has only 2,607 residents – Now it’s playing PennLive is home to hundreds of large carrion birds with an estimated wingspan of 5 feet.
“This is like Edgar Allen Poe’s stuff here,” councilor Louis McKinney told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The birds were spotted for the first time in mid-December and are said to have sat on roofs, tore open shingles and plucked rubber roofing materials with their beaks. The news has caught nationwide attention as the city works to deal with its new neighbors.
As 2020 closes, hundreds of Black Vultures have come to Marietta, PA.
Residents have beaten brooms and pans to disperse these scavenging birds, who play an important role in the environment but are not the nicest of neighbors. 🧹https: //t.co/dY3X3D7B8M
– Pennsylvania (@PennsylvaniaGov) December 29, 2020
Despite their unwanted guests, residents are legally prohibited from taking matters into their own hands. The birds are protected by centuries-old federal law and cannot be exterminated without permission. Lancaster Online reported. Those who break the law face fines and possible prison terms.
The black vulture was threatened with extinction in the region, so conservation efforts to save the species were in full swing. Residents must file complaints with the Federal Wildlife Agency to get rid of the birds.
The residents have made it their business to make loud noises in order to “scare” the birds away. B. Beating pots and pans and lighting fireworks, PennLive reported. Parallels have been drawn with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, as the loud noises can cause groups of birds to fly at once.
Black vultures are known to be more aggressive than similarly sized turkey vultures, although most reports of violence are directed against other animals or farm animals, according to the AP.
To spot a black vulture, look for its pronounced black head and the silver spots under its wings. Its closest relative, the turkey vulture, has a bright red head and dark brown feathers with gray spots under the wings.