By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:29 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 17:46 BST, 1 July 2019
Vultures aided by climate change and protected through a federal conservation law are descending on cattle in Kentucky, say farmers.
Farmers further north than what has traditionally been considered black vulture territory are reporting an influx of the birds which, according to scientists, is attributable to warmer winter temperatures.
As reported by the Cornell Chronicle, black vultures have spread further North, wintering as far as Massachusetts where minimum temperatures are now similar to their traditional habitats.
Black vultures are descending on cattle in areas farther north than farmers are accustomed to. Scientists say it could be fueled by climate change. File photo
Black Vultures have black plumage, a bare black head, and neat white plumes under their wingtips.
The predatory birds feed on carcasses but also live newborn calves, lambs, goats, piglets and will occasionally attempt to feed on the adults of those livestock.
In Kentucky, an influx of vultures has lead to widespread losses of cattle.
The increased population may be linked to climate change as warmer winter temperatures affect the birds' range and habits.
In a recent report from the Louisville Courier Journal, farmers say the increasingly abundant bird has contributed to a