DOVER, NJ (Morris County) – A homeowner was charged after shooting and killing several turkey vultures with an air rifle in Dover, according to a post on the New Jersey Conservation Officers Association’s Facebook page.
The complainant stated that he had located multiple dead turkey vultures on his property between mid-December 2021, and mid-January 2022, along with one live vulture which was incapable of flying, the New Jersey Conservation Officers Association said citing a January 2022 Bureau of Law Enforcement report to the Fish and Game Council.
The live vulture was brought to The Raptor Trust in Millington for treatment but was later euthanized due to the severity of the injuries. The Raptor Trust provided the Conservation Police Officer with an x-ray of the vulture which showed a projectile lodged in its upper torso consistent with an air rifle pellet, the post said.
The officer then went to the location where the vultures had been found and determined that the shots most likely came from a particular residence, the association said.
The officer interviewed the owner of the residence and the owner fully admitted to shooting vultures. The homeowner was then issued summonses, the post said.