8th Goat Killed by Black Vultures in NC

15 Jul

Warning-this post contains graphics pictures of a goat killed by black vultures.

Our pet goat named Buddy was killed by black vultures yesterday. He is the 8th death in the last 3 months due to the salvage predators, black vultures.

Buddy’s mother had to be put down for an unfortunate reason and this little goat was lovingly cared for by our family. 4 nights he slept by my bedside for evening bottle feedings and came to work with me on landscape projects. Since there had been many goat killings we placed him in a pasture with 3 adult horses and thought he was safe.

I had spoken to a North Carolina Fish and Wildlife agent 4 weeks ago regarding these killings. He seemed to receive this information rather lightly. He was quite surprised that most of our goats were averaging 20 pounds when killed. 20 pounds could be one of our dogs, our cats or even a small child.

I would think great suffering was endured because of the blunt bills and weak feet of these birds.

 It is said the eyes of prey are pecked out, blinding them for an easier kill.

Since I work much of the time at home I am well aware of the many black vultures scoping our pastures looking for their next meal. If they are flying low enough, their wing span completely shadows the sun and visible from within my home. Before I was aware Buddy was killed I noticed several black vultures flying low over our pastures. That is not a good sign. They are always here and I have a feeling their next goat will be prancer, the oldest goat on our land.

If anyone has some answers, please send along to us. It would be greatly appreciated.

Diana Gardner-Williams


Posted by on July 15, 2008 in Country Living


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5 responses to “8th Goat Killed by Black Vultures in NC

  1. hugh

    July 15, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    My brother has goats, I’ll pass this along to him.

    Did you witness the actual killing? Strange I’ve never heard of Vultures being predatory, Just scavengers. Was the goat sick or weak to the point it could not move and might have been unable to run?

  2. diana gardner-williams

    July 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I have never witnessed the killings. Turkey Vultures are not predatory, however, the black vultures are. They hunt by sight not smell. All of our goats are healthy and can run. I have witnessed that.

  3. The Pit Mom

    November 2, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    OMG! Friday October 31, 2008, I told my kids I saw a vulture! Two humungous vultures flew out of a tree, towards my baby pits but were stopped by the extra large pit I already have, those vultures just came right out of the tree and it froze me! Thanks for sharing your story.

  4. mark guyett

    March 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    my neigbor raises black angus cattle he has had 3 calfs killed as they came out , first they peck out the eyes then just go on a frenzy

  5. Anna

    March 18, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I just can’t believe it. My family and I just moved to North Carolina back in August and I had never seen these black vultures until now. I have two dogs, one a miniature daschund, and one rather large English pointer. The daschund has never really noticed the birds before – I saw them last fall, and now they appear to be growing in numbers and looming very close to our home – about 200 yards away in the woods behind a neighbors house. I had no idea that they attack other creatures. After reading this, I’m very concerned about my little daschund. The pointer is new to us – just a few weeks with our family – and he’s completely terrified of the vultures. I’ve never seen anything like it – if we are out on a walk and he sees them in the trees or flying above he goes bisirk and pulls away on his leash – so hard his claws were digging at the pavement. I wonder if before he came to us if he wasn’t chased or attacked by them. Interesting! Bloody vultures!


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