Black vultures have increased in numbers in the Show-Me State in recent years and they have caused damage to property and livestock. However, the birds are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Monroe County Conservation Agent Jessica Filla says this limits mitigation efforts.
The only way to use lethal force on black vultures is with a Migratory Bird Depredation Permit. Filla says the state does have resources for dealing with these scavengers.
Missourians with black vulture property damage claims can also call Alan Leary with the Missouri Department of Conservation at 573-522-4115, extension 3695.