SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Bobbie Lane has live on San Augustine County Road 101 for 14 years. In that time, he's seen lots of neighbors but none quite like the ones quarter-mile north of his home.
"There's plenty of them down there now. It surely is," Lane said from his front porch while he was looking up at the sky at about six buzzards soaring around.
At ground level, there are dozens of these black-feathered creatures perched on top of a vacant mobile home.
During Tuesday's commissioner's court meeting, Precinct 1 Commissioner Stanley Jackson said he learned about the birds when this area was under water in June.
"I went out there to inspect," the new commissioner said after the meeting. "Man, I wouldn't want to live there to start with because it's in real bad shape. There's buzzards everywhere."
There seems to be a few vacant or abandoned mobile homes where the buzzards are clustered. You could see a bunch perched on the roofs of the empty houses, a few more standing watch on the storage unit between the two trailer homes. There were half a dozen in the trees, and a gaggle of them frolicking in the shaded backyard.
"You can count 30 or 40 out there," Jackson recalled about his encounter.
East Texas News headed to the San Augustine Sheriff's Office to see what they knew about the dozens of buzzards squatting less than a mile from the law enforcement center. After been shown photos and video captured on cell phone, San Augustine County Sheriff David Smith said, "This is the first I've heard about this matter. I'm going to get a couple of my investigators to check it out."
"I guess my first thought was another responsibility of working in a rural sheriff's office," is how Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham responded to being alerted to the bird problem. "Our real concern is 'what are they feeding on?'"
Bobbie Lane expressed concern saying, "It might be something dead down there. I don't know."
The sheriff's office is investigating.