Evan R. Buechley releases an adult Egyptian Vulture in Armenia after tagging it with a satellite tracking device (visible on the back of the bird). Vultures. Cartoon characters in parched deserts often wish them to disappear, since circling vultures are a stereotypical harbinger of death. But, joking aside, vultures in some parts of the world are in danger of disappearing. And according to a new report from University of Utah biologists, such a loss would have serious consequences for ecosystems and human populations alike.