Governments killing once-endangered cormorants
Alphena, Mich. (AP) – Federal and state agencies have waged war
in recent years on a once-endangered bird.
Comcorants have become so abundant that wildlife managers have
blasted tens of thousands with shotguns, destroyed nests and
covered eggs with oil to smother developing chicks. Some sport
fishermen liken the birds to a biblical plague, devouring yellow
perch, bass and other species.
The campaign against the large, black waterfowl is getting
results, at least in some places. In Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay, for
example, charter boat skippers say the days when gigantic flocks
hovered like storm clouds are mostly over.
But critics say cormorant growth was showing signs of leveling
off before the killing began, suggesting the birds were reaching
their natural capacity