Date: 5/13/18 11:01 am
From: Joseph C. Neal <joeneal...>
Subject: Re: Killing Black Vultures
Good reference for a situation that is a lot more common than anyone wants to address publicly -- problems with free roaming dogs out in livestock country: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 12, 2018, page 4B: Sheriff Dept in Newton County tracked down who was killing calves and pigs -- dogs in a free roaming pack. Of course vultures got the blame since they were seen feeding on the dead livestock.


From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of George R. Hoelzeman <vogel...>
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:42:37 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Killing Black Vultures

There's an article in the current (Spring 2018) Arkansas Agriculture
magazine about Black Vultures by Keith Sutton. It rehashes the usual
stuff about them killing calves but goes on to talk about them tearing
up vehicles, etc., which I've never heard (not that I hear much). The
article provides information on one form of non-lethal prevention
(pyrotechnics, which gets about two sentences) then launches into an
extended discussion about depredation permits and the need to relax
regulations so people can pretty much kill them at leisure.

So, questions: Has anyone else seen this article? If so, how much of
it is valid and how much is just "agitating the base". Some of this
seems rather over the top (like 50+ vultures mobbing a cow during
delivery) and a lot seems more about weakening the Migratory Bird Act.
The article does reference a statistic from the USDA on damage to cattle
caused by vultures ($4.65 million/year) so it has the appearance of

Before I go arguing the vultures' case (I happen to like Black Vultures,
but haven't had to deal with them in numbers) I'd like solid and
reliable information.

Input anyone?


George (n. Conway Co. with nesting vultures, but no roost and no cattle)

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