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Vultures pose messy, expensive problem in Polk County

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Lake Alfred has a problem, and all you have to do is look up to see it.

Dozens of vultures have decided to take up residence on the city's water tower right in the middle of town.

"I don't think there's anything you can do about it," Wallace Clark, a Lake Alfred resident said. "It's Mother Nature."

The city has to do something. Buzzards vomit and relieve themselves all day long, which will corrode the metal.

A while back, city officials installed loud buzzers to make the buzzards buzz off. But they didn't. They also hung an effigy -- a dead, fake buzzard to scare them off. That didn't work either.

So they just upped the ante and hired a private pest control company. It will be putting up electrified wires to give the birds a mild electric shock and hopefully send them on their way.

City officials still don't know why the vultures picked Lake Alfred as their new favorite spot.

"They wanted a place to sit and watch the sun rise and the sun set, I guess, " City Commissioner John Duncan told FOX 13.

The city just wishes it were somewhere else.

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