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Much to officials’ dismay, vultures return to Orlando court

December 14, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Vultures have returned to Orange County’s courthouse — and this isn’t a lawyer joke.

The Orlando Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2hiWP6R) the black and turkey vultures are attracted to thermal updrafts from the masonry-faced tower as well as its many spacious ledges and rails for perching. Bird experts say they return to the area around the same time each year.

That has been a periodic and costly problem, from the damage caused by the sharp-beaked birds and the measures to repel them, since the 24-story courthouse opened 20 years ago.

Their behavior at the top floors of the courthouse is a concern for roof drains and window caulking.

Orange County’s facilities are drawing up plans to prevent the 416-foot building from attracting an enormous “kettle,” or flock of vultures.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/