Black Vultures

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In various parts of the country, including North Carolina, Black Vultures have become an increasingly large problem for livestock producers. There have been several cases of Black Vultures attacking livestock, including newborn calves, resulting in great injury and even death. Vultures have a very keen sense of smell and can smell embryonic fluid and blood, attracting them to the potential food source. There is documentation of Black Vultures attacking sheep, lambs, and claves. For those having problems with predators killing or injuring livestock and are unsure of the culprit, contact Michelle South, Area Extension Agent and she can help determine the predator and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.

Since Black Vultures are a federally protected bird, a permit must be obtained before action can be taken. For those having issues with Black Vultures attacking livestock, please contact Danny Ray, WNC District 8 Wildlife Biologist for information on obtaining both a state and federal permit.

Here is the NC Wildlife website containing information regarding a depredation permit.

Here is the federal application that will need to be completed as well.

Access some frequently asked questions and answers pertaining to Black Vultures.

Here is the most recent update on removing vultures in the State of North Carolina.

Feel free to contact Michelle South, Area Extension Agent, Agriculture – Livestock at (828) 387-5748 or email with any questions or concerns.