SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Residents of a Florida neighborhood said a flock of messy vultures has taken up residence in the area around their homes.
Miriam Lay, a nine-year resident of South Daytona, said the birds are regular visitors to the Harbourside Village Community neighborhood, but they usually stay for only a few weeks in December, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Tuesday.
However, Lay and her neighbors said the birds are staying much longer this season.
"They just seem to be lingering on and on and on and won't go away," she said.
Lay estimated as many as 100 of the large birds are living near her home and have caused hundreds of dollars of damage to her pool cover, which her insurance company will not repair.
Lay said the birds have filled her pool with droppings and made her afraid to allow her dog, Boots, to go outside.
"She's a fat dog, but not a large dog. I don't know if as long as the [bird's] nails are if they would attack," Lay said.
Vultures are a protected species, making it illegal for residents to kill, trap or relocate them.
Lay said she feels like she is out of options.
"I'm not going to do anything until the vultures are gone for the year because I think it would be useless," she said.
Wildlife experts said the vultures might be outstaying their welcome this year because of the unusually cold temperatures in northern states.