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Buzzards Causing Concern at One Kent County School

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CLAYTON, Del.- Staff at Clayton Intermediate School in Smyrna have an unusual problem: buzzards.

At least two dozen of them are flocking to the roof of the school.  Students like Donald McAalpine worry about what the buzzards will do.

"I see them on the roof a lot and I'm afraid the power will go out since they're so big," said McAalpine.

McAalpine does not like it when the buzzards fly too low.

"They better not get near me," says McAalpine as he laughs.

School officials say they are concerned that the birds could cause damage to their new school, and they are searching for a solution.

Staff members tell WBOC that one idea being considered is placing spikes on the roof.  The spikes would deter the buzzards from roosting.

Meanwhile, people who live nearby said the buzzards have not given them any reason for alarm.

"Most of the time I think there's something dead in the woods and they're circling it to eat it," said Linda Spencer of Clayton, when she sees the birds flying around her neighborhood.

One thing Spencer said she is worried about is the safety of others.

"When you see them on the road you need to slow down because they're not always going to jump up and get out of your way, especially if they're hungry," Spence said.

Many who live in the area worry the buzzards are here to stay.

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