Black vultures; control of those that pose danger to agricultural animals, etc. (SB37)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Black vultures; killing not prohibited by state law. Directs the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt regulations exempting the black vulture (Coragyps atratus) from the prohibition against taking or possessing a wildlife species that is not classified as game, furbearer, or nuisance. The bill also prohibits the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (the Department) from devoting any state resources to the enforcement of provisions of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act the regulations adopted thereunder by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that protect the black vulture. In addition, the bill allows the Department to continue to participate in federally permitted black vulture studies and management programs, including obtaining or supporting the issuance of federal migratory bird depredation permits to allow, in some cases, the killing of black vultures. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/15/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100615D
12/15/2015Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB37)
01/21/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2016Committee substitute printed 16104253D-S1
01/25/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2016Read second time
01/26/2016Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104253D-S1
01/26/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB37S1
01/27/2016Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB37S1)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/10/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/17/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2016Read second time
02/19/2016Read third time
02/19/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/19/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB37ER)
02/22/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB37ER)
02/22/2016Signed by President
02/22/2016Signed by Speaker
02/22/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/29/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 59 (effective 7/1/16)
02/29/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0059)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

I'd sure like an explanation about what this is all about.

KAB writes:

Someone in Carrico's district needs to find out what this is about by writing the legislator.

Carolyn Caywood writes:

This is just foolish. Does the Senator plan to clean up carrion when the vultures are no longer around to do the job for free? Does he think dead animals evaporate?

MEM writes:

I have hunted my entire adult life and can't understand why one would want to kill one of the road side clean up crew? What would you do with it? I hope who ever formulated this and actually submitted it for consideration is not breeding.

DEY writes:

Black Vultures are protected under Migratory Bird Treaty Act which is an international agreement that the US signed. There are permit processes already in place to selectively control animals that are doing harm. This bill circumvents the treaty and the existing process. This bill needs to be voted down.

Marlene A Condon writes:

I wrote to Senator Carrico and to every one of the 15 members of the committee and not one person had the decency to respond. This bill is being pushed along under the public radar. I hope anyone who can help publicize it and its problems will do so. Thanks ever so much!

Jeff South writes:

I oversee the journalism students who write for VCU's Capital News Service, and we're interested in doing a story about this issue. Could we talk to some of the folks who've commented about this bill -- so we can include your concerns in the story? Carolyn, MEM, DEY, Marlene -- could you email me at Thanks in advance for your help.

Peter G. writes:

Did some Googling, and unlike our regular Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures will attack baby calves and sheep, pecking out their eyes first, then swarming them.
Search for Washington Post stories on vultures and Leesburg, Va., pops up with stories of vulture issues.
Also our Dept. of Inland Game has a webpage on vulture problems in Chesterfield County:

While I don't believe we should condemn all Black Vultures due to their indelicate personal hygiene issues or property and livestock damage, I doubt occasional culling of the population will disrupt the biome.