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Vultures Overrunning Bridgewater Neighborhood

More than 100 vultures have been seen in the area of Davis Court

BRIDGEWATER -- A Martinsville neighborhood is trying to figure out how to rid themselves of an unwanted scavenger, as more than 100 vultures have turned the enclave into their fall and winter home.

“I counted 130 vultures perched on only 10 houses and in one tree,” Davis Court resident Tom Friar said. “It is very disconcerting to see 75 vultures in the tree behind my neighbor’s house every morning during the fall and winter.”

Friar said he sees them every day, congregating on rooftops of Perrine, Bittle, Davis Court and Weaver Drive homes.

Wildlife Services told him the best way to get rid of the birds is to hang a vulture carcass upside down in one of the trees, he said.

“And the vultures will freak out and move,” Friar said.

Wildlife Services, he said, will come to the neighborhood and hang the vulture carcass for a fee of $400 to $500, with the process repeated each year.

“The carcass has to be in the tree from November to April, and the family whose tree is picked gets to look at that thing all the time,” Friar said. “Being that this is New Jersey, the amount of dead deer is a great food source for them. They are solely scavengers and do not go after live cats or dogs.”

More than 20 families have said they'd chip in and pay for the vulture carcass to be placed in a tree.

Of course, Friar said, it would be easier to have Bridgewater take control of this process, including paying for it.

Friar said he saw only the occasional vulture just a few years ago.

“Then it was a handful, and I remember thinking, ‘man, that’s a big bird,’” he said. “But each year, more and more have been staying from November until it starts to get warm, and it has become a bit unnerving.”

E. Woltman February 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Bad Omen in Martinsville............move back to the city.
Eliot W. Collins February 27, 2013 at 01:13 PM
How about getting rid of the root cause, the deer, many of which end up dead? The vultures are just cleaning up the mess.
E. Woltman February 27, 2013 at 02:07 PM
There ya go.........get rid of the deer, then the birds, then what's next....do us all a big favor and move back to the city life you so enjoy.....don't bring it here.
Terry February 28, 2013 at 02:10 AM
This is just unbelievable - what else are people going to complain about when they move out to a more rural area. These animals are all part the natural surrounding here. The vultures have their place in the natural order - if you get rid of them, next there will be complaints of the dead bodies of deer and other animals and the smell. The vultures have their job - Just let them alone, and don't lay out in your yard for too long without moving.
Ty February 28, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Boo Hoo you don't want to look at a vulture from sunset until sunrise when they roost. Poor babies, how will they survive? *rolls eyes*
Paula Chaze Hayes February 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I agree with just leave them alone. They perch in the morning and go hunting in the afternoon. We have at least 200 in our subdivision at the mouth of our lake. Every afternoon around 4pm they fly overhead searching for food. They are natures natural garbage men !!! And fascinating creatures !!! I have wonderful pictures of ours on a sunny foggy morning. They do an amazing job !!!! One more plus ... They do not bark or poop by your mailbox & they are free !!!!
Terry March 04, 2013 at 02:25 AM
I don't understand people who move into an area or a country and try to change it to what they left ---then why did you leave there?

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