The bearded vulture is known as “Lammergeier,” German for “lamb-vulture,” as they were mistakenly assumed to kill livestock. Today, they continue to face persecution for this myth.
There are no adverse effects of bearded vultures on humans, but they continue to be persecuted for assumptions.
Unfortunately, as bearded vultures were often seen carrying large animal bones, they were assumed to kill farmers’ livestock. An old, common name for these birds is “Lammergeier” which comes from a German word meaning “lamb-vulture.” Many birds have been, and continue to be, persecuted for this assumption despite their scavenging habits.