Gallia Cattlemen hosting black vulture and coyote presentation

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Gallia Cattlemen hosting black vulture and coyote presentation

Black vultures, coyotes, and other animals can wreak havoc on small local farms, businesses, parks, and homes. These creatures may affect us all in different ways. They can prey on our livestock like baby calves, chickens, and lambs. These predators also have been documented as preying on our pets like cats, dogs, and rabbits.

The Gallia County Cattlemen’s Association is holding an informational dinner with guest speakers on the costly pests. Speakers include Jeff Pelc, wildlife biologist from the U.S Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, Jim Herrell of the Farm Service Agency, and the local Wildlife Officer, Roy Rucker. Those in attendance will learn how to identify and distinguish the difference between turkey vultures and black vultures, as well as learn the appropriate laws and potential compensation from the USDA programs.

The dinner will be held Feb. 23 at Buckeye Hills Career Center near Rio Grande. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m. All are invited. Dinner will be $10 and Cattlemen’s Memberships will be available at the door. Dinner will include steak or brisket, potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls, and a dessert. To RSVP or for more information contact Cliff Riehm at 740-645-8522 or email at

Originally posted by Jim Freeman for The Daily Sentinel on Jan 19, 2019.
Photo by: Felipe Dana, Associated Press