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In recent years, the number of black vultures in Maryland has increased. These birds often prey on young livestock, causing injury and sometimes death. MDFB has obtained a statewide depredation permit for black vultures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). MDFB has authority to issue up to 100 total producer-permits to livestock producers who are experiencing problems with black vultures. Read the MDFB press release about the permits for more background information.
Livestock producers may apply to MDFB for a livestock protection depredation producer-permit allowing legal “takes” of black vultures that are attacking livestock like newborn calves.
Interested livestock producers may request a sub-permit application by emailing Tyler Hough at firstname.lastname@example.org