According to Kristen Duren, an intern with the NCCE (the Cooperative Extension from North Carolina), people are just not getting cold enough to push the vultures away.
She then explained the magnitude of the problem: “What used to be five to 10 birds is going up to 150 birds.”
Some town residents are not really bothered by the presence of the turkey buzzard. John Schmoutz, a long time Shelby resident, explains that the vultures do not bother him and that he likes watching them especially in the morning when the vultures throw out their wings to catch the sun. According to Schmoutz the only downside is that the turkey vultures “do a job on the yard”.