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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  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    Buzzards are a part of nature, but if you guys had them landing in your backyard and on your house and car, you would want to get rid of them too! We have no dead animals around our house, they roast in a swamp near our home. in the summer they come up to our house. i wish i knew how to get rid of them. they will destroy peck at all sort of things in the yard
  • by Debra Location: Durant on Jan 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    Come on prople, if buzzards were deficating on your sidewalk and you have children or grandchildren would you really want that stuff to end up on the floor of your home?
  • by Sue Location: Atoka on Jan 31, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Yes, buzzards are a part of nature. But, so skunks. How would you like dozens of them hanging around your house. We have a "buzzard roost" here in Atoka, too, but it's in a woody area of town where they're not such a bother. If they were in my trees, I've be getting rid of them, too. Having a few circling over head after a dead animal is one thing. Having them living by the dozens in your trees is an entirely different matter.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 31, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    Magnolias & Buzzards - that sounds like a country and Western song! LOL! Good one. God bless the giant peanut.
  • by Betty Location: Sherman on Jan 31, 2008 at 07:12 AM
    HEE. Hey you guys should replace the giant peanut monument with a giant buzzard. Then change Magnolia fest to "Buzzard Fest". Go ahead, I give you permission to use it.
  • by MommaG Location: Durant on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    I agree, KXII surely has more important news to cover and the Durant PD has a lot more to deal with like drug users and child molesters. However, people in Durant do know how to use a bar of soap. Maybe kw should try using it on his/her mouth.
  • by Boo Location: Sherman on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    NOW you want the Police to control Buzzard's???? Next you'll want them keeping the Finches out of your trees! Health Hazard??? Try a water hose!
  • by Anonymous Location: Country Living on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    There's usually a reason why a buzzard comes around. Have they checked the area for deceased animals? They must have a food source there somewhere.
  • by Michelle Location: Sherman on Jan 31, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    I don't think this is right to do this either how would a human person like to be scared like that,,,go to God and Pray for the birds to leave...kxii reads these comments before posting so what is the good in posting these comments..
  • by jojo Location: cobb on Jan 31, 2008 at 04:32 AM
    Magnolias and buzzards...
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