A big bird problem has flown into a Kern County community. California Condors have swooped into Bear Valley Springs. In their wake they’re leaving a pile of damage.
These condors are the largest bird in North America and an endangered species, protected at the state and federal level. Residents said they’re fascinating to look at, but they feel like living in Bear Valley is for the birds.
“We were just awed by them,” said Patricia Gibson, a Bear Valley Springs resident.
Many neighbors felt the same way as dozens of California Condors flew into Bear Valley Springs last summer.
“I thought they were fantastic. I thought I was just the luckiest person to see these birds up so close,” said Fredericks.
Then the damage started.
“This year it’s just been horrible for us,” said Gibson.
The condors have covered porches in feces. They’ve destroyed door mats, nibbled on air conditioners, and picked apart roofs.
“Shingles, they will peck holes in your roof and pull out the insulation, and damage like that our insurance company will not reimburse us for,” said Gibson.
To make matters worse, the birds flock in groups.
“We had about 30 of them,” said Fredericks. “There was a point where we were afraid to leave our house because of what we would find when we would come back.”