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State Asks to Kill Salmon-Eating Cormorants One Bird Colony Ate 22 Million Young Fish in 2011

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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.

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Past Member (0)
Friday April 27, 2012, 6:45 am
Thanks for the update.

Lin Penrose (92)
Friday April 27, 2012, 4:13 pm
Thanks Agnes. Must stop to consider the 'why the need' of salmon federal protection programs are there in the first place. Same for the Steelhead trout and other animals that human demand for food or other purposes. Humans and our activities, not sea mammals, or sea birds drove the populations of those food (to humans and other living creatures) to brinks of extinction. Look to your nearest Shusi bar/resturant for a tiny example. Now, we want to blame other creatures for our voraciousness and possible failures to bring back sustainable populations with out programs. Fooey on Oregon and other humans who are in denial.

Freya H (357)
Friday April 27, 2012, 6:14 pm
I can understand the desire to protect the young salmon - but isn't there a better solution? Isn't there something we could feed the cormorants to distract them from the salmon fry?

Jerry B (128)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 9:08 pm
Noted sounds like it is getting complicated ..thanks Agnes!

Eternal G (745)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 9:16 pm
Human doing have pushed that salmon species to the brink in order for it to get protection! Why weren't there any repercussions for humans... unfair and not on... let them find a better solution!

Ruth R (246)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 11:48 pm
Where are the petition to save the ecosystem -- the birds, the salmon, the sea lions, the whole ecosystem?

Milla B (2)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 11:49 pm
The State of Oregon has not learned a single lesson from the consequences of exploitation forced on the Columbia River Ecosystem and its Indigenous Peoples, during the 20th Century. Astonishingly, it cannot comprehend its fallacy in logic. Oregon exists thanks to its differentiated, delicate ecologies that sustain the resources it derives revenue. Disenfranchising the biggest stakeholder that is the Greater Environment from consideration makes no economic sense. The food chain is an interconnected continuum. It is fallacy to assume that the issue with the Cormorants can be dealt with in isolation from the rest of the Pacific Northwest Ecosystems.

Milla B (2)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 11:50 pm
Any human intervention, especially as drastic as what is proposed, will have enormous negative consequences. Oregon instead should be contacting research institutes (i.e. Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California) for help. This problem surpasses State of Oregon's capabilities. Obviously traditional eating patterns (pre-1972 patterns) of these Cormorants has not been restored. There is a great lesson in the most recent research correlating massive whaling of the early 20th Century with the current decline of the Stellar Sea Lion Population in the Pacific Northwest. It concerns multiple food chain events that have resulted in Nutritional Stress for the Stellar Sea Lion. Decimating Cormorants will cause new environmental and economical imbalances across the Greater Pacific Northwest. Absurd, and ineffectual at best! A lesson to all: elect people who have mastered the skill of critical thinking.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:02 am
Thanks for the article.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 6:51 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:31 am

Angela N (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 12:05 pm
thanks :)

Robert O (12)
Monday April 30, 2012, 11:35 am
Surely there has to be a more humane and reasonable solution that is just as effective. Thanks Agnes.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:47 pm
The human race is really something and not in a positive way! We are the ones destroying everything and everyone on our path and yet we are perfect apparently so all the negative things happening is never our fault.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday May 22, 2012, 3:51 pm
We just keep messing with nature and things just keep getting more messed up!
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