Black Vulture Depredation Permit Program

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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.

About the Permit

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.

  • Sub-permits are good for up to 12 months.
  • Applications will be scored based on number of livestock losses to black vulture depredation in 2020; number of livestock losses to black vulture depredation in 2015-2019; total head of cow/calf or lambing units on property; number of black vulture roosts within 5 miles of property; approximate number of black vultures per roost within 5 miles of property
  • A maximum of three “takes” may be issued to an approved applicant and will be determined by the application score.
  • Applicants must agree to follow all rules and regulations required by USFWS in the MDFB statewide permit.

How to Apply

Interested livestock producers may request a sub-permit application by emailing Tyler Hough at

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