United States Congressman Rick Crawford is working to help Arkansas cattle farmers who have been dealing with vulture attacks. He says these birds are not migratory, however cannot be killed unless with a valid permit. “If your in the cattle business in Arkansas, you are dealing with this. These birds are protected by the migratory bird treaty act, goes all the way back to 1918. We need a waiver here so we can thin out that population.”
Crawford has contacted the U.S. Department of Interior to apply for a waiver to allow cattle farmers to kill more vultures and protect their calves. Local county extension agent Kaycee Davis in Howard County says vultures are becoming a huge problem and the Extension Service is starting to do research on this topic to find solutions.