Combating Downtown Orlando vulture problem

- When you look up at the Orange County Courthouse, you may spot vultures in the sky or on a top floor.

“There was a circle of about 50 or 60 of them when I saw them,” said Michael Deen, who works at the courthouse. “I guess it’s kind of ominous.”

But experts say the birds of prey just like how the building is laid out with places to perch and rising air currents.

“You’ve got to have the right structure and they apparently have the perfect structure for vultures,” said Dianna Flynt with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

Orange County officials say the vultures haven’t been around the courthouse for a while because a hawk moved in. They’ve returned over the last few weeks with the predator now gone.

Flynt says the birds aren’t dangerous but they can cause some problems. 

“They’re nosy and they’re curious and they have a tendency to be very destructive to some things,” she explained.

Damage to the building and bird droppings is why the county is working to get the vultures to move out. We’re told a bird deterrent system is in the works. That could include wires so the birds don’t perch there. County officials say they don’t know how much the plan will cost yet.

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