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.
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