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Posted on 04/27/2012 8:38:34 PM PDT by null and void
Oregon asks to kill salmon-eating birds
GRANTS PASS Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a sea bird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean.
In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obtained by The Associated Press, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin says harassment has proved insufficient in controlling double-crested cormorants, and officials want the option of killing some of the birds.
Oregon needs federal approval to start shooting double-crested cormorants because the birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Anglin wrote that the birds are threatening restoration of wild fish protected by the Endangered Species Act, as well as hatchery fish important to sport and commercial fishing.
The letter was a formal request to add Oregon to the 28 states authorized to kill cormorants to protect public resources, such as game fish. The Fish and Wildlife Service is updating the authorization, which expires in 2014.
Oregon also is preparing an application to shoot enough cormorants at the mouths of the Rogue, Umpqua and Tillamook rivers to reduce nesting colonies there by 10 percent, said predatory bird coordinator Lindsay Adrean.
The department already pays volunteers to harass cormorants with speedboats and firecrackers to keep them from feeding on young salmon and steelhead on five coastal estuaries, she said. The estuaries are the Tillamook, Nahalem, Hebo, Alsea and Coquille.
Once considered a nuisance bird, cormorants were added to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1972, the same year the pesticide DDT was banned.
Like eagles and other predatory birds, cormorant numbers started to climb. Current estimates are that about 70,000 cormorants live in the West between southern British Columbia, the Mexico border and the Continental Divide, said Dan Roby, a professor of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University who is studying the birds.
In recent years, the biggest single nesting colony has settled on East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River. Studies show the estimated 10,500 breeding pairs there ate 22.6 million young salmon and steelhead last year, which amounts to 15 percent of the smolts hatchery and wild trying to reach the ocean, Roby said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just started working on a plan to reduce the salmon losses to cormorants on the Columbia, and has made no decision on whether to kill any of them.
One can only hope that the mods will allow the far better Drudge title to stand...
I would go with this title.
State seeks federal okay to kill federally protected bird in order to protect fish on federal endangered list.
It is my opinion that in the beginning God instituted a plan to balance everything he created but Man couldn’t leave well enough alone and now they have created another mess. When will they ever learn?
How about the fags with Aids in the hospitals who are incubating resistant tuberculosis and other bacteria that are rapidly becoming resistant to antibiotics? They are an immediate threat to the general citizenry.
I already tried that,...the birds refuse to eat them.
Then there are native’s wanting these:
Hogan’s goat would do a better job of administering our resources...
From an Internet source -- yes it really happened..
"Firefighters were unable to douse the deadly fire in Okanogan National Forest in Winthrop, Wash., in July because of delays in granting permission for fire-fighting helicopters to use water from nearby streams and rivers protected by the Endangered Species Act, according to sources close to the fire.
"Firefighters Tom L. Craven, 30, Karen L. Fitzpatrick, 18, Devin A Weaver, 21, and Jessica L. Johnson, 19, burned to death while cowering under protective tents near the Chewuch River, home to protected species salmon and trout. Seventeen other firefighters survived the ordeal.
"Forest Service policy in the Northwest requires that special permission be obtained before fire helicopters can dip into certain restricted rivers, lakes and streams. The fear is that the dippers could accidentally scoop up protected species of fish . . . ."
I think that God pretty well handled nature up till now...why on earh does the American government think they have to interfere???
Endangered species gone wild!
Ummm...I though that...nevermind.
I can't stop all stupidity. I can't stop all stupidity. I can't....
Because the federal government quite literally thinks it is better than God.
Payback's gonna be a female dog on that one.
It solved Rome’s little Carthage problem...
We are Rome. Die, birds, die! ;^p
Liberalism IS their RELIGION...and they each think they are “gods”
There are really no endangered species anymore. Nobody hunts and so the predators have overpopulated areas and are overeating the habitat. Time for proper management.’
Pray for America