- Posted by Lance
- On February 9, 2015
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Outdoor living is a way of life in the South, especially North Carolina. From picnics and birthday parties to football in the park, people love spending time with their families and pets outside. Occasionally, other visitors make appearances at these events. North Carolina is a common home to many different types of birds of prey. This includes Turkey Vultures, or as some people like to call them, Buzzards. While most buzzards generally feed on carrion in the form of road-kill or dead cattle,they have been known to be nuisances to small farm animals. They are also prone to congregate on top of buildings such as your home, churches, schools, and shopping areas, causing property damage.
Buzzards have a keen sense of smell that can benefit people in notifying them of gas leaks and deceased carcasses. However, they also can track animals in distress with their exceptional hearing. In the past, many farmers have reported of calf, lamb, and even full grown cow injuries due to vulture attacks. This could involve eyes wounds and flesh bites for newborn, or sick cattle. If you have an outdoor pet or farm animal, be advised to keep them indoors, away from vultures.
You may have noticed buzzards roosting on top of buildings after large groups of people have gathered for picnics or barbecues. They utilize their senses and often linger where food and noise are identified. This can lead to accumulation of feces on trees and lawns, as well as residential roofs, electrical and radio towers. Furthermore, buzzards are capable of ripping shingles, rubber membrane and roofing materials from structures and roofs. People have even reported damage to window moldings and upholstery in cars, boats, and other types of transportation.
In North Carolina, turkey vultures and buzzards are protected by law, making it illegal to shoot or pursue them without a permit. Be cautious of vulture activity in your area, especially if you have small children or pets. If you encounter a buzzard flying around your home or business area, contact Critter Control of the Triangle in Raleigh, Durham and Wake North Carolina at 919.382.0651 to speak with a wildlife expert today.