Black Vulture Mitigation Included in Additional Budget Funds

The Missouri House of Representatives has approved $627 million in extra spending for the supplemental state budget. Among the items covered are funds to SEMA for disaster relief and a gas mileage reimbursement increase. Representative Tim Taylor of Bunceton says there was one unusual item for the extra spending.

Black vultures are gradually moving into Missouri from the southern United States. They’ve adapted to kill small animals, rather than just scavenge for food. Taylor says this is becoming an increasing problem for landowners.

Taylor adds mitigating black vultures is going to be challenging.

Conservationists are concerned if black vulture numbers aren’t kept in check they will become as big of a nuisance as armadillos and feral hogs in the state.