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Kentucky Color: Vulture warning!

The black headed, Black Vulture is another story. Black Vultures kinda have a mean streak. - BILLY JOE FUDGE
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Turkey Buzzards are considered to be docile, bashful, and with few exceptions purely carrion carnivores. They of course are easily identified by their ugly and I do mean ugly, featherless red heads. Beautiful birds with ugly red heads rendering a really great service in our ecosystem by cleaning up rotting and decaying flesh of animals which have succumbed to the Grim Reaper.

However, the black headed, Black Vulture is another story. Black Vultures kinda have a mean streak; they're not too bashful and sometimes display symptoms of the Kevorkian Syndrome by becoming predatory carnivores. Livestock owners and pet owners should keep their eyes on Black Vultures who might be keeping their eyes on baby calves, lambs, pigs or puppies and small adult pets. Since this is a protected species Fish and Wildlife would need to be contacted to apply for permits to remove threatening birds. - BILLY JOE FUDGE

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Kentucky Color: Black Vultures

2013-01-13 - Greenhills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, KY State Division of Forestry.
Black Vulture setting in a tree on the bluff overlooking Russell Creek between Green Hills Road and Highway 206. Since they can be predacious I hope he wasn't looking at me although I've put on enough weight this winter to be a little too large for him to prey upon, thankfully. - BILLY JOE FUDGE

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