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Philadelphia Woman Blames Vacant Homes For Vulture Visits

By David Spunt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A Philadelphia woman says Turkey Vultures are a problem on her street and she blames vacant, condemned buildings.

"I knew this neighborhood when all of these houses were occupied," Engrid Bullock told Eyewitness News.

Bullock grew up on North 50th Street and is proud to still call it home.

But now she says vultures pick apart her trash and have posed a threat to her family and neighbors.

"It bothers me. I shouldn't be afraid to come out of my front door."

"Yesterday they tore up all of my trash." And she says they try to attack people, too.

Bullock specifically blames the home across the street. She says it's been vacant for more than a decade.

L&I officials in Philadelphia say the building is scheduled to be knocked down Thursday, May 19.

Christina Ali-Bey, who lives next door to the vultures new hang out, says, "It sounds like a horror movie. It's just scratching on the wall, like they are trying to come into my house."

Turkey Vultures, also known as buzzards are a protected species, meaning it is illegal to harm or kill them.

Bullock says, "I feel like I should be a protected breed also, because the fact they come down that close to me frightens me."

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