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Vultures Eat French Tourist Killed in Fatal Pyrenees Cliff Plunge
IBT ^ | May 4th, 2013 | Fiona Keating

Posted on 05/04/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT by Third Person

A campaign against Griffon vultures is gathering pace in France after it was revealed that the carrion eaters had devoured the body of a 52-year-old woman who fell to her death in the Pyrenees.

Major Didier Pericou of the gendarmerie said the woman had fallen down a 300-metre slope while taking a short cut walking with two friends.

"There were only bones, clothes and shoes left," he told The Times.

"They took 45 to 50 minutes to eat the body."

French farmers are now demanding the right to shoot the protected birds after attacks on sheep and cows.

The birds no longer have their diet of carcasses because European health and safety regulations now force breeders to burn dead animals.

The Pyrenees population of Griffon vultures has apparently been affected by an EC ruling that due to danger of BSE transmission, no dead animals must be left on the fields.

This has critically lowered the food availability of the scavenging birds.

Like other vultures, the Griffon is a scavenger, feeding mostly on carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. The maximum lifespan recorded for a specimen kept in captivity is 41.4 years.

Fear of vultures has been growing in recent years. Le Nouvel Observateur reports of 'mutant vultures', with one woman saying that a group of the birds, whose wingspans can exceed seven feet, hovered near to where her children were sitting.

One farmer, Alain Larralde, reported seeing a group of vultures attack and start eating an adult cow. There have also been alleged sightings of live animals being carried off.

"You can't imagine what it is like to see an animal eaten alive," Mr Larralde was reported to have said.

Over the past few months, there have been 42 claims for compensation from farmers who say they have had livestock taken by the birds.

The vultures, which have evolved to eat carrion and not tackle live prey, may have changed their habits due to starvation.

According to a New Scientist report, there have been cases of vultures grabbing the bodies of shot animals before the hunters can reach them.

"We are seeing three-figure vulture flocks over Belgium and Holland. These birds are fanning out across Europe in search of food," Grahame Madge, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' European bird of prey expert told the Mail.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: belgium; france; griffonvultures; holland; pyrenees; whoops
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Unintended consequences.
1 posted on 05/04/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT by Third Person
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2 posted on 05/04/2013 2:58:40 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Third Person

“According to a New Scientist report, there have been cases of vultures grabbing the bodies of shot animals before the hunters can reach them.”

LOL! Ya, sure, you betcha....


3 posted on 05/04/2013 2:59:14 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Third Person

The Pyrenees recycle. Do you?


4 posted on 05/04/2013 3:00:13 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Third Person


5 posted on 05/04/2013 3:02:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Pretty bird, pretty bird. Awwwwwk!


6 posted on 05/04/2013 3:04:33 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Doogle

Vultures have rights too! Where’s PETA when you need them?


7 posted on 05/04/2013 3:05:32 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Third Person
"buzzards gotta eat. same as worms"

Josie Wales

8 posted on 05/04/2013 3:09:14 PM PDT by Tula Git
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To: Doogle

9 posted on 05/04/2013 3:09:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: JoeProBono
I thought Helen Thomas pictures were outlawed by JimRob.
10 posted on 05/04/2013 3:12:19 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL!!!!!!!!!!


11 posted on 05/04/2013 3:12:27 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Third Person
Ba loomp pa doomp pa doomp pa loomp pa doomp!!! I love Killer from Looney Tunes.
12 posted on 05/04/2013 3:13:12 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Doogle

No sympathy here, except for the vultures-they were designed to be a natural cleanup crew, for God’s sake. Do these French pick up/burn road kill too? Do they scour the woods for all the dead squirrels and rabbits to burn?

I guess the French would get the vapors if they came out here-even road kill just gets dragged to the side of the road or into the woods for vultures to dispose of. That said, I’ve seen the vultures who hang out on the cliffs swoop down and grab live lizards and snakes a few times too...


13 posted on 05/04/2013 3:13:50 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Third Person

All that was left was a pair of knees? Did I hear this right?


14 posted on 05/04/2013 3:15:00 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Third Person

Valuable lesson here: do not fall off 300 meter cliffs while touring Pyrenee Mountains....


15 posted on 05/04/2013 3:16:45 PM PDT by B212
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To: Third Person

16 posted on 05/04/2013 3:16:59 PM PDT by Califreak (11/6/12 The Day America Divided By Zero)
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To: mardi59


17 posted on 05/04/2013 3:17:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Third Person

Vultures gonna vultch


18 posted on 05/04/2013 3:18:19 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Trteamer
“According to a New Scientist report, there have been cases of vultures grabbing the bodies of shot animals before the hunters can reach them.”
When shooting ducks over saltwater in Southeast Alaska, you pick up the floaters as fast as possible since the bald eagles will swoop down and take them as will the sea lions from underneath. I've seen it happen more than once.
19 posted on 05/04/2013 3:18:49 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: Third Person

Poor guys — getting a bad rap


20 posted on 05/04/2013 3:19:25 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor
The answer to your question of “Do buzzards like french food?” is yes, apparently.
21 posted on 05/04/2013 3:21:35 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Third Person

In Tibet, they would call that a Sky burial..evidently an honor.


22 posted on 05/04/2013 3:22:01 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: JoeProBono

Just doing what they were made to do.


23 posted on 05/04/2013 3:22:49 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Third Person

Nature’s garbage collectors. It’s a dirty job....


24 posted on 05/04/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: tomkat

LOL - post of the day!!!


25 posted on 05/04/2013 3:23:57 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: dainbramaged
A few hunters I know would be inclined to shoot the vultures, the eagles, and the sea lions after they shot the ducks.
26 posted on 05/04/2013 3:30:51 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: SueRae
My dad wanted to be left on a vacant beach somewhere to be reclaimed by the birds, crabs and the rest of nature.

My sister had him cremated instead.

27 posted on 05/04/2013 3:38:38 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Third Person

In ancient Rome and Greece, the vulture was a sacred bird.

They rarely killed other animals, and they kept the countryside clear of stinky dead animals and dead humans.


28 posted on 05/04/2013 3:38:45 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Third Person; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
"They took 45 to 50 minutes to eat the body."

They should of listened to their mothers warning them about eating too fast.

29 posted on 05/04/2013 3:40:35 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Third Person

They eat the bones as well. Obama armed Mexican drug gangs for example get rid of bodies (if they want to) by bringing them into the desert, slicing the flesh, then letting the vultures eat them to the bone. And when they do, the gangs smash up the bones and the vultures eat that as well. No body left whatsoever. I saw the photos.


30 posted on 05/04/2013 3:41:33 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Third Person

Hey, vultures gotta eat too. Why not train them to eat liberals, or would that poison them?


31 posted on 05/04/2013 3:44:57 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Third Person

Somebody should bring this to the attention of that Massachusetts funeral home that’s having trouble finding a place to bury Older Brother Terrorist.


32 posted on 05/04/2013 3:47:18 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Huskrrrr

Nature’s garbage collectors. It’s a dirty job....

I just hope I don’t fall asleep by accident!


33 posted on 05/04/2013 3:49:28 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: GBA

Had an old friend that said no funeral, just dump me into the septic tank.....


34 posted on 05/04/2013 3:51:18 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Third Person
"...the woman had fallen down a 300-metre slope while taking a short cut walking with two friends. "

Must've looked like shortcut on the map,...just didn't show the elevation change.

35 posted on 05/04/2013 3:59:56 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: JoeProBono

Polly want a cracker?


36 posted on 05/04/2013 4:08:56 PM PDT by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Third Person

Empty calories


37 posted on 05/04/2013 4:09:52 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Third Person

Apparently there are not enough wild animals and “open space” in France?


38 posted on 05/04/2013 4:19:57 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Third Person

Seems sort of like a Hitchcock plot, what with vultures and buzzards massing in unusual numbers on the east coast earlier this spring.

As far as their going for live prey, what did the French expect after depriving them of their natural diet?

Given the general bass-ackward wackiness of environmentalists in general and the French in particular, they’ll probably start requiring healthy cattle be killed and left in the field to solve the problem.


39 posted on 05/04/2013 4:22:37 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Third Person
And the moral of the story is, There are no short-cuts in life. Stay on the beaten & proven path.
40 posted on 05/04/2013 4:25:58 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Small elderly French woman,...about the size of,...say a large goat...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XafAdkZIYKA


41 posted on 05/04/2013 4:26:48 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
I was thinking the same thing... it's the only reasonable solution. They're gonna have to break down and feed those vultures! Maybe even create a few more government jobs in the process.

Smart birds.

42 posted on 05/04/2013 4:30:42 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: Third Person
Crepe De France.
43 posted on 05/04/2013 4:37:14 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: doorgunner69

“Hey, vultures gotta eat too. Why not train them to eat liberals, or would that poison them?”

No, they’d just become fat and lazy and expect other flocks to provide for them.


44 posted on 05/04/2013 4:39:51 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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There were only bones, clothes and shoes left

The carrion luggage was long gone....

45 posted on 05/04/2013 4:40:24 PM PDT by mikrofon (God rest her soul)
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Small elderly French woman,...

52 is elderly???
Just let me know where you are; I'll come and kick your ass!

46 posted on 05/04/2013 4:50:43 PM PDT by stormhill (Guns Save Lives!)
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To: Third Person

“We don’t need no steeenkin sauce!”


47 posted on 05/04/2013 4:53:50 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Doogle

Birds doing what Frenchmen refuse to do.


48 posted on 05/04/2013 5:15:52 PM PDT by Lockbar (The guy that fires the last bullet gets to write the history books,)
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To: Third Person

I recall a thread not too long ago about a vulture shortage that was impacting the Zoroastrian religion.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2935516/posts

Freegards


49 posted on 05/04/2013 5:26:53 PM PDT by Ransomed
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“52 is elderly???
Just let me know where you are; I’ll come and kick your ass!”

==

Ditto,and then some. My oldest child is 52.

.


50 posted on 05/04/2013 5:35:03 PM PDT by Mears
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