East Sand Island cormorant plan calls for shooting 11,000 birds, destroying 26,000 nests

February 6, 2015 11:18 PM

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scaled back its plan to kill thousands of federally protected migratory birds to keep them from eating endangered juvenile salmon and steelhead at the mouth of the Columbia River.

On Friday, the corps released a final environmental impact statement detailing plans to use lethal measures to shrink the East Sand Island colony of double-crested cormorants, a long-necked black sea bird.

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