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National Wildlife Control Training Program vol. 1.

Vulture Control

Turkey vultureDamage Identification



  • Diurnal


  • large white droppings and regurgitated bones, fur, feathers, etc. at roost and nest sites
  • flying aloft with infrequent wing flapping

Damage Identification

Black vultures. Photo by Michael Avery of the USDA-Wildlife ServicesStructural Damage

  • Vultures occasionally peck at plastics, vinyls and other materials.
  • Droppings below roost sites can be quite extensive
  • Nests can interfere with power-lines and other structures.

Agricultural Damage

  • Vultures rarely take live young of cattle, preferring to feed upon food items in cow manure.

 Black vultures-- Photo Credits: Michael Avery, USDA-WS


Vulture Control Methods

Habitat Modification

  • Cut down the roost branches/trees.

Frightening Devices

  • Roosting vultures have been effectively hazed with red lasers. (Caution: avoid using shining aircraft!!).
  • Effigies of vultures suspended from a line (upside down) have been reported to be quite effective at dispersing roosts.
  • Audio hazing has not been found to be effective.
  • Repellents

      None registered


    • Effective, if proper permits obtained.


    • Not practical, and permits required.


    • None registered

    Health-Safety Issues

    • Vulture roosts within towns and near dwellings may pose hazards when droppings and foul-smelling animal foods brought to nests.
    • Bird strikes to aircraft are a serious concern.

    Legal Issues

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