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Purdue Asks Livestock Producers for Help Studying Losses due to Black Vultures

Vultures play an important role in the ecosystem cleaning up animal carcasses from the landscape. However, although primarily scavengers, some black vultures cause problems for cattle operators in southern Indiana, harassing and even preying on young calves and other livestock. Researchers at Purdue are asking for input from Indiana farmers who have been affected by this, with the hope of better understanding how to manage the effects of black vultures on cattle ag operations.