Corps Plans To Kill Nearly 16,000 Cormorants Nesting In Columbia River

June 12, 2014 11:24 PM

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Corps Plans To Kill Nearly 16,000 Cormorants Nesting In Columbia River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill nearly 16,000 cormorants nesting in the Columbia River estuary in an effort to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

The corps issued its proposed management plan Thursday. It would wipe out about half the cormorants currently nesting on an island at the mouth of the Columbia River by 2018. Officials say it's the best way to reduce the colony to the number of birds required under an agreement that allows the Corps...

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