Birds have caused horrific and fatal problems for farmers as the black vulture sneaks into Missouri, officials say.
Last year, Charlie Bescher said Black vulture Joplin Grove reported that he had killed four calves and one cow on a ranch west of Cape Girado.
For the first time, according to the newspaper, he found and ousted a dead calf that pecked at the bird when it began to attack the cow. The cow died of a later infected trauma.
“It won’t do anything, but it will continue to get worse, I’m afraid,” Bescher told Joplin Grove at the time.
Currently, the program allows livestock owners to kill black vultures, despite their status protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The· Missouri Farm Bureau Obtained state-wide condemnation permits through the US Fish and Wildlife Service pilot program. This allows you to issue sub-permits to livestock owners who are “experiencing black vulture problems”. According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, subpermits allow the killing of black vultures attacking livestock.
Birds are basically Kill a young calf Kelly Smith, senior director of marketing and commodities at the Missouri Department of Agriculture, told St. Louis Public Radio.
Applicants will be scored for previous livestock loss, the number of livestock in farming, the number of nearby black vultures and nests, and the county ranking of livestock in the state. Approved applicants can kill up to 3 birds based on their score.
Turkey vultures are more common in MissouriAccording to the Missouri Conservation Department, the black vulture has expanded its reach in the southern part of the state. Both species eat carrion, including roadkill, but black vultures hunt other small animals, including possums, skunks, and livestock.
Until the 1900s, it was rated as a “slaughterhouse cleaner” in the southeastern United States, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.
“Then, unfounded fear of their spread of the disease was shot, trapped, and poisoned in the 1970s,” according to the Missouri Conservation Department.
State wildlife officials say their numbers and scope are increasing with abundant roadkills, climate change, and the availability of nesting sites.
“This program balances the need to manage the black vultures that cause damage with the desire to maintain a sustainable population throughout the area,” said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s migratory bird program coordinator. One Tom Cooper said in a news release.