Black Vulture Issues in Livestock

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In various parts of the country, including NC, 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 significant injury and even death. The Vultures have a very keen sense of smell and can smell embryonic fluid and blood, attracting them to a potential food source. The Vultures have been documented to attack sheep, lambs, and calves.

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

Please find below several links with information, permits, etc., concerning Black Vultures.

NC Wildlife Website Depredation Permit 

Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions About A Federal Depredation Permit

NC Wildlife Black Vulture Removal

For assistance on how to help determine the type of predator and what you can do to prevent it from attacking again, please contact Michelle South, Area Extension Agent at (828) 733-8270 or (828) 387-5748.