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. Vulture removal, even through humane methods, can only be done with special permits.
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 offer the planet a valuable service - they serve as super garbage disposals for our earth.
At times 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.
Should You Try To Scare Away A Vulture Or Buzzard?
When it comes to driving vultures away from their food source ... do not attempt to "scare" them away. Scaring a vulture will only make matters worse, causing them to vomit, at which point they will stay around even longer to consume the vomit they have just created.
How To Get Rid Of Vultures
Many towns experience vultures roosting by the hundreds and being a scary nuisance. The Wildlife Whipserer, Inc., 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. If you are in Southwest Florida, give us a call, we know exactly what to do to get rid of vultures.
Turkey vultures (photo below) visiting an area where Wildlife Whisperer Ned Bruha had recently placed a trail camera. Ned Bruha 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 to 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.
These scents were actually placed where they were to catch a glimpse of a cougar that had recently visited the cave.
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.
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