• Hovering vultures in downtown Orlando cause quite a stir


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Hundreds of carcass-eating vultures continue to hover over a couple of high rises in downtown Orlando, which has some residents worried.

    According to experts at Maitland's Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, the vultures are attracted to the tall buildings because of the thermals created by the sun, which creates perfect flying conditions. 

    And officials said getting rid of them could be costly.

    Along with the mess the birds leave behind, there have also been reports that they’re damaging buildings by eating the rubber seals around windows.

    The Orange County Commission shelled out $140,000 to install a system to rid the courthouse of the birds.

    But officials said there’s an increase the birds hanging around for winter. When winter’s over, most will be gone, officials said.

    The black and turkey vultures are federally protected species under the Migratory Bird Act.

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