September 24, 2009

Vulture flock messy guests in Florida

A Florida trapper said a flock of vultures returning to Brevard County for the winter tore up a pool cover, allowing one of the birds to take a dip.

Chris Gangraw of The Critterman trapping service in Rockledge, Fla., said vultures are rapidly appearing in the area in great numbers, and he was called to catch a group of the scavengers holding an unauthorized pool party Monday in Baytree, Florida Today reported Thursday.

He said the birds were captured and set free away from the pool.

Gangraw and other experts said the large birds, which typically return to the area in September and October, are causing messes all over the county by damaging property and covering clay roof tiles with their excrement.

They're everywhere, Gangraw said. They're all over Viera, Suntree, Merritt Island.