A herd of giant condors ransack a woman’s house »Borneo Bulletin Online
TEHACHAPI, CALIFORNIA (AP) – Giant California condors are rare – but not at Cinda Mickols.
About 15-20 of the endangered giant birds have recently taken a liking to the Tehachapi town house and wreaked havoc.
Mickols’ daughter, Seana Quintero of San Francisco, has started posting photos of the rowdy guests on Twitter.
She told the San Francisco Chronicle that the birds showed up at her mother’s house last weekend.
Birds ravaged the bridge – ruining a spa cover, decorative flags and lawn ornaments. Plants have been knocked over, railings scratched, and shit is everywhere.
“She’s definitely frustrated, but she’s also in awe of it and knows how unusual it is,” Quintero said of her mother.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which runs a program to save the species from extinction, responded on Twitter. The agency noted that the house is in historic condor habitat and suggested that Mickols try harmless hazing like screaming and clapping or water spraying.
“It is not unusual to see large condor congregations in some high-use areas like the region where this incident happened,” particularly when feeding, said Pam Bierce, spokesperson for Fish. and Wildlife “Unfortunately, they sometimes perceive houses and terraces as suitable locations for perch.”
California condors were nearly extinct in the 1980s before the few remaining birds were captured and placed in zoos for captive breeding. A few hundred birds are now in the wild. As condors recolonize parts of their historic range, people could increasingly interact with the “curious, intelligent and social birds,” Bierce said.