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USDA to work on vulture problem

The Urbanna Pool area is one of the favorite gathering places for vultures. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Richard Stevens of Urbanna sat quietly for more than two hours at the Urbanna Town Council work session meeting on March 9—then it was his turn to speak.

He was there to share concern over the vultures that have roosted in Urbanna and have been harassing his 12-year-old black lab named Nash.

Black vultures will kill for food. They walk in circles around their victim and slowly move in to strike with sharp beaks, usually at the eyes, and at the same time inject toxic stomach contents into the wound, explained farmer Ellis Walton of Warner, who has lost six cows and 13 calves to vulture kills. The toxins send the victim into septic shock, said Walton.

Moving in
Stevens told council that five times he has caught vultures circling his dog in his yard, looking for a way to inflict a wound. One time he caught vultures circling the dog on his small deck within 2 feet of his dog, inching in for a strike. “They’re almost killing my dog,” said Stevens. “It’s time to do something!”

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posted 03.15.2017

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