Vultures Threaten Cows During Birthing Process

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Vultures Threaten Cows During Birthing Process

CREATED Mar 25, 2014

by Chris Conte

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Farmers in Christian County, Kentucky have seen vultures circling high above every day taunting both their cows and their livelihoods.

"We can see them flying in the field and that's generally a sign there's trouble," said Tehreasa Nichol, a life long cattle farmer just outside Hopkinsville.

Grazing cows are safe from the vultures grasp, but what this breed of ferocious fowl is looking for is a pregnant cow in labor.

"Generally they'll come down for the calve's eyes, any way they can get to the calf. We just try to make sure that they don't get to the calf during the birthing process and start pecking," she added.

These vultures don't stop there. Once they attack the female cow, they go after the newly born calve's hoofs. Cow farmers said they can't leave any of their pregnant cattle alone because they're easy prey. 

Farmers can't shoot black vultures because they're protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act.