Vulture Damage Prevention and Control Methods

Identification | Biology | Damage ID | Management | Resources Overview of Damage Preventionand Control Methods Habitat Modification Eliminate sources of food, roost trees, and nest sites. Dispose of dead animals, carcasses, carrion. Exclusion Bird spikes Overhead monofilament grid lines Netting Electrical ledge products Frightening Pyrotechnics Shell crackers Propane cannons Distress calls from other birds … Continue reading Vulture Damage Prevention and Control Methods

Vulture Damage Identification

Identification | Biology | Damage ID | Management | Resources Damage to Structures  Damage to property by vultures includes tearing and sometimes consuming asphalt shingles and rubber roofing material; rubber, vinyl, or leather upholstery from cars, boats, tractors, and other vehicles; latex window caulking; and plastic flowers at cemeteries. Most damage of this type is attributed to black vultures, although turkey vultures have been implicated in some situations.   Damage to … Continue reading Vulture Damage Identification

Vulture Biology

Identification | Biology | Damage ID | Management | Resources Reproduction  North American vultures typically reach sexual maturity in 3 to 5 years. Both species usually lay 2 eggs per clutch and 1 clutch per year. Eggs hatch in about 40 days. Young are cared for by both adults for about 3 months. Black vultures mate in thinly wooded areas with thickets. Vultures keep the same … Continue reading Vulture Biology


Identification | Biology | Damage ID | Management | Resources Identification Two species of vultures occur in North America. Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura, Figure 1) are larger than black vultures (Coragyps atratus, Figure 2). Both are scavengers and play an important role in removing carrion from the environment.  Legal Status Vultures are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, administered by the USDI-Fish and Wildlife … Continue reading Vultures


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Identifying Vertebrate Damage to Vehicles What is the nature of the damage? Chipped Paint Animals see their reflection in the paint and will sometimes peck at it. Probably turkeys or other fowl cause chipped paint. Gnawing Gnawing is usually identified by the size of the gnaw marks. Mice = 1 to 2 mm Porcupine Rabbits … Continue reading Vehicles