Few predators in recent years have created a stir quite like the black vulture. It is loved by biologists – and equally despised by farmers.
You can curse it. You can bless it. What you can’t do is kill it.
All vultures are scavengers – feeding on dead flesh: In essence, a clean-up crew. But the black vulture is a bolder bird, willing to kill weakened or young animals.
“It won’t pass up a free meal, but it will kill if it needs to,” said Brandon Boone, a conservation officer with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.