Our native turkey vulture
Our native turkey vulture has almost no negative consequences associated with its behavior. Due to its amazing sense of smell, it can locate decaying animal remains from a mile away, even under trees.
Although it prefers fresher food, it must wait for some decay to occur as it’s beak can’t easily penetrate intact hides. They really are important decomposers of dead animals, so many which are killed by cars. Almost every day on my ride to Sumter I’ll see these birds feasting at the body of a deer, domestic pet, racoon or other animal sadly killed by a vehicle. They do wait until the last minute to fly away from their meal; sometimes it seems like you are going to run into them. Infrequently, accidents to happen so I slow down and if safe move away from the birds.