In a recent letter to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Scott Carlton with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encouraged people to apply for depredation permits now instead of waiting for calving season.
Carlton, the head of the migratory birds division at the USFWS, said if producers wait until newborn livestock are hitting the ground, they risk not receiving depredation permit authorization when they are experiencing issues with black vultures attacking livestock because of office backlogs.
Current regulations only require state producers to show a history of loss caused by black vultures depredating livestock.
If you are a producer and are interested in getting a head start on obtaining a license to protect your stock, please contact Oklahoma Wildlife Services at (405) 521-4039.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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