Vultures, buzzards, turkey buzzards and nuisance problems
Vultures are often called buzzards. In North America, we have Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) and Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) which sometimes can be found in groups together. At times, vultures will roost in large groups of 100 or more on trees but typically hunt by themselves during the day. Humane vulture removal methods can only be done with special permits.
Should you scare a nuisance vulture or buzzard?
The name buzzard is nothing short of a derogatory name for an animal that gratefully consumes stinky carcasses and nasty road killed animals. These large birds are super garbage disposals for our earth. Even when no other animal can find food, vultures can find a single dead animal and draw in twelve to a hundred feathered friends also wanting a bite… do NOT attempt to scare them away. Scaring a vulture will only make matters worse, causing them to vomit and then stay around longer to consume the vomit.
How to get rid of vultures
Many towns experience vultures roosting by the hundreds and being a scary nuisance. The Skunk Whisperer has consulted with several towns in different parts of the U.S. to help them get rid of vultures, but the request is always worded, “get rid of buzzards”. If you have a nuisance buzzard or vulture problem and think they can all easily be harassed, killed or relocated, think again – they are federally protected migratory birds and special permits are needed. Give us a call, we know exactly what to do to get rid of vultures.
Turkey vultures (photo below) visiting a trail camera aimed at an area that The Skunk Whisperer had placed 6 droplets of a mixture of catnip essential oil and Civet musk on the ceiling of the cave opening in front of the video trail camera on the left. Video from the camera showed several different groups of vultures coming back for over one week in large numbers looking for the source of the catnip and Civet musk scents which were actually placed there to catch a glimpse of a mountain lion that had recently visited the cave off camera to the left. This cave is located on the side of a steep rocky cliff overhang in thick tree cover. Vultures have a very good nose for finding food sources.