Blasting the buzzards in Durant

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DURANT, Okla. -- Dozens of buzzards make a stop everyday in a Durant neighborhood, but some residents say the birds aren't welcome. Emi FitzGerald has the story of what the city is doing to blast the buzzards.

Residents say the birds arrive like clockwork everyday around 5:30 each evening during the winter months. They pick three magnolia trees a home to make their roost.

Durant Police will shoot popper blasts into the area, hoping the scare the birds away so they will roost somewhere else.

Buzzards are a protected bird, so animal control has to use non-lethal scare tactics. The city began the blasts on Tuesday and plan to try one more time on Thursday.

Homeowners say the birds cover the sidewalks in feces, leave feathers behind, and can be a health hazard to anyone walking by.

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