Madisonville Takes Aim at Big Bird Problem

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The buzzards are back, but this time Madisonville is ready. The Madisonville city council approved a measure allowing property owners in the Lake Visor subdivision to shoot the annual invaders.

Only shotguns are allowed and they can be fired only on weekdays from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. A special permit is also needed before residents exercise the option.

For the past several years, buzzards have been a big problem in this one area of Madisonville. Non-lethal attempts to drive away the big birds have been unsuccessful. Residents say the buzzards are not only a noise nuisance, they also damage property and create health concerns.