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Kentucky Color: Health Threat

By Billy Joe Fudge

The days started getting longer in mid-January and it became apparent that Greenhills was becoming a local sleepover location for Black Vultures. Then and now, just before the sun begins to sink below the horizon, dozens of drowsy, Darth Vaders begin circling unnervingly low overhead.

As you can imagine, this is a bit more than unsightly, a bit more than a fussy, bullying Bluejay or a flock of Starlings vacuuming up a $150.00 worth of Fescue seed freshly scattered on your lawn. Now we all know that scavengers are necessary members of our ecosystem, but aggressive Black Vultures, according to some, are a threat to our local, non-aggressive Turkey Buzzards, and our back yards turning white from the result of their roosts are potential health hazards.

Some have been using fireworks at dusk which just moves them from one back yard to another. We can't kill them because they are protected. What options do we have? Can the health department or some other agency with responsibilities in this area help us get rid of these unwanted night guests?




This story was posted on 2022-03-03 07:53:36
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Kentucky Color: Black vultures roosting in Greenhills



2022-03-03 - Adair Co., KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
It has become apparent that Greenhills is becoming a local sleepover location for Black Vultures. Aggressive Black Vultures, according to some, are a threat to our local, non-aggressive Turkey Buzzards, and our back yards turning white from the result of their roosts are potential health hazards.

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