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February 24, 2009, 02:00 PM
i live in a suburb but these turkey buz, keep poopon on my car and all over my yard there siting in a big oak tree in my yard is there any products to get them to go away

February 24, 2009, 02:15 PM
These critters are about as heavily protected of any in the USA... I can't think of anything legal short of a car cover...

February 24, 2009, 03:34 PM
Cut down the tree??

February 24, 2009, 05:51 PM
A very large house cat?


February 24, 2009, 06:03 PM
What would I do???

Leave a road kill carcass in the back yard, or somewhere close (10yds ish) to good cover for me. Get concealed as possible. Pump up the crossman to max. And wait. Take out one with a good head shot. Repeat as necessary until they get the picture and move on, or are no longer with us.

Be advised, as Hogdogs stated, they are protected.

They may get the idea with a string of blackcats up in the tree too.

February 24, 2009, 06:06 PM
This is firearms related how??

February 24, 2009, 06:19 PM
Hunt related needs not have guns mentioned... just like a bow killed deer is not gun related.... Fella was simply asking about a critter needing controlled albeit protected thus I did not mention what #4 turkey loads do to them.

February 24, 2009, 06:24 PM
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February 24, 2009, 10:31 PM
A very large house cat?

You might just watch a large house cat fly away:eek:

I have a neighbor here in Washington that lost a pug to a bald ealgle 3 years ago. They heard a yelp and ran outside only to watch the dog fly away. I think of this often and like to believe that my Jack Russel would win that battle but she just might die from the fall after she takes a big bite.

Try some bird foil tape... It's Mylar and you can get it from a gardening store. When the wind blows it startles the birds. Worked for my garden a few years ago. If all else fails, whos to say Mr. birdie couldn't have a sleeping pill in his road kill?

February 24, 2009, 10:39 PM
sail boaters use those free cd's for AOL etc hanging from fish line to make "flashers" that work well to keep birds off the rigging... May help for a while...

February 25, 2009, 05:37 AM
You might just watch a large house cat fly away

That'd be ok with me, but my airedale's would be very jealous.

Ok then, on a more serious note...

First, move the car(s).

Then maybe set a good sprinkler in a position to spray up into the tree.

Then turn it on, and let it run for a few days during daylight hours.

The tree will grow well, and the pests should find another place to hang out.

Repeat as necessary.


A paint ball gun is your friend?



Art Eatman
February 25, 2009, 10:12 AM
What do they do? Use the tree as a night-time roost?

Me, I'd wait until a few had come in to roost, and then run out and yell and scream. Hang around until they're gone. Off the cuff, they'll not come in after dark, most likely. If they do, make a point of getting up early and do the yell and scream thing again.

Two or three repetitions of this and they oughta get the message.

And it's entertainment for the neighbors. :D

February 25, 2009, 11:40 AM
Couple of suggestions, some similar to above:

They sell motion detector activated sprinklers that are supposed to scare deer (although they don't, based on my experience) that might work. Not sure of the size of the tree or angles involved.

Extreme measure would be to put bird netting up over the entire tree, so they can't get in to roost.

There is also a product that is like Ben-Gay that is supposed to irritate their feet. I am not sure of the practicality of that on a whole tree. I have used it with some success in a barn.

Might give a call to your local Fish and Wildlife folks and see what they say.

Once buzzards decide on a roost tree, it is just hard to get them to change their minds. There is one not far from my house that looks like it has been used for 100 years.

February 25, 2009, 06:06 PM
Until 4th of July, play with the BB gun.

Stock up on bottle rockets on the 4th. :D

February 25, 2009, 08:22 PM
Slingshot after dark will do the trick.

February 25, 2009, 11:20 PM
A boat horn. You know, the kind powered by compressed air in a can. It'll scare the bird poo outta them!

February 25, 2009, 11:59 PM
paintball gun?

February 26, 2009, 07:30 AM
I hate to sound pessamistic, but I don't know if there is much you can do legally.

At a boat ramp near where I used to live, a flock of several hundred took up residence. They were lighting on cars and trailers, scratching paint with their claws, eating the windshield wipers, door and windshield mouldings (anything rubber like that, but for some reason they didn't seem to bother tires), and ripping the carpet off the boat trailers. Not to mention pooping all over everything that stood still, and a lot of stuff that moved.

The county tried all kinds of things, and nothing worked. They cut down trees, the buzzards moved to others. They hung up shiny things to scare the birds. The birds used them to fix their makeup. They had a fellow who came down every morning throwing fireworks and such. The birds would get up, fly around a bit, then come right back. Yelling at them produced not much more than a couple of hops away from you.

I used to take my bicycle down there and ride the dirt road along the river. I'd have to swerve to go around them, they totally ignored me.

It took the county a couple of years to get the approval to first live trap them and relocate them, and finally to kill a few. I don't know what ever happened there. I moved away, but stopped using the boat ramp long before.

By the way. Someone mentioned cats. Cats were probably at least part of the problem. People dumped cats there. The cats did what cats do, and there were dozens of stray cats around also. People felt sorry for the "poor kitties" and fed the XXXX things. The cats flourished. I don't know if buzzards will kill a cat or not, but I'll promise you those cats never killed a buzzard.

Good luck. You'll need it.

February 26, 2009, 08:21 AM
I hate to sound pessamistic, but I don't know if there is much you can do legally.

Like so many other creatures, they can become a problem when there is no control.
The fishing pier's around here have been taken over by the flying white rats! Who wants to go wallow is bird crap.
I would think the turkey buzzard would be easier to relocate than gulls. Find a nice remote place and collect a few road kills to drop off in the new buzzard paradise. You might have to do that every few weeks until they forget about your place.
That would be easier than building a McDonald's to relocate the gulls:D

February 26, 2009, 08:26 AM
Gbro, if the tree is a roost that won't help... They return after eating the roadkill and some more of the vile feces on yer car...

Para Bellum
February 26, 2009, 04:08 PM
Maine Coon Cats:




...and birdy bye-bye!
A jack-russel terrier should also to the trick.

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_Coon
Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat. Males can weigh anywhere between 13 and 18 lb (5.9 and 8.2 kg) with females weighing between 8 and 12 lb (3.6 and 5.4 kg).[18] The height of adults can vary between 10 and 16 in (25 and 41 cm) and they can reach a length of up to 40 in (100 cm), including the tail, which can reach lengths of up to 14 in (36 cm)[19] and is long, tapering, and heavily furred. The body is solid and muscular, which is necessary for supporting their own weight, and the chest is broad. Maine Coons possess a rectangular body shape and are slow to physically mature; their full potential size is normally not reached until they are around three- or four-years-old.[20]

In 2006, the Guinness World Records named a male purebred Maine Coon the "Longest Cat". Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red (better known as Leo) measures 48 in (120 cm) in length, from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, and weighs 35 lb (16 kg).[21]

February 26, 2009, 04:12 PM
Para bellum, You are talking about a kitty trying to attack a bird that is one of the largest in north america... These ain't no little Sea Gull size critter... I know for a fact that they are very tuff and hard to drop.
But making their roost tree uncomfortable and annoying is his best bet...

February 26, 2009, 05:48 PM
Take a CD boom box out there and play some Britney Spears on it... They'll either leave or kill themselves...

On a more serious note; you could try any and all of the ideas above, but the sad truth is they'll leave when they're good and ready to, and there's not a whole lot you can do to change that. You might have some measure of success with the sprinklers, but if they like the tree they'll just move higher. The fog horn is a good idea, but I'm sure your neighbors won't be too happy. You could put a generator out there and leave it running for a few days as long as it's not too close to neighbors who complain. The exhaust and noise might deter them. Short of killing them (and facing some serious criminal charges and massive legal fees to fight them) you can't do much.

Your best bet would be to call Fish & Game. They can cross the line and still stand on solid legal ground; you can't.

February 26, 2009, 06:46 PM
Is injuring or killing one of them worth some jail time and a 25,000 dollar fine?

Call your game warden and get some LEGAL advice.

February 26, 2009, 07:07 PM
A boat horn. You know, the kind powered by compressed air in a can. It'll scare the bird poo outta them!

my neighbor had a problem with those guys resting in their old growth trees. The fish and game dept recommended the boat horn every few hours. It sure was a sight to see them take off after it went off! She did it for a few weeks and eventually they stopped hanging around. Whether it was because of the horn or their own accord, who knows...

February 26, 2009, 07:15 PM
Call the game warden and call your local nuisance wildlife control specialist and see what tricks he's got up his sleeve.

Art Eatman
February 26, 2009, 07:16 PM
Any critter is going to quit the scene of a disturbance. That's why I suggested noise in the evening when they're coming in to roost. Mess up their schedule a few times and they'll give up.