That’s true and it will be U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who will do the dirty job. Something or somebody has to give in and in this case it will be the cormorant. Birds will always birds or any animal for that matter. We see food, we are hungry and we eat. That’s the case in here.
The only problem here is the birds are over populated and the salmons are being decimated like there was no tomorrow. The steelheads and the juveniles are not your ordinary salmon. They were added to the Endangered Species Act..
Eradicating 11,000 birds is the only plausible solution at the moment. The army released a statement for the final Environment Impact Statement (EIS), the only way for them to save the salmon is to sacrifice the birds. The fish in Oregon will have a breather if the bird population in East Sand Island is to be drastically reduced.
One way of disposing the birds will be pour oil into their nests to prevent the eggs from hatching. The army is still waiting for the go signal.
The spokesman for the Army Corp Diana Fredlund, killing the birds is a very a very heartbreaking task. ButkKilling 18,000 birds; later, in 2018, is worse than killing the 11,000 right now. It’s a matter of expediency.
In a statement, Fredlund said, “We are trying to balance the salmon and steelhead versus the birds. It’s very difficult to find the right answer and so it’s taken us a long time. We’ve had a lot of experts working on it.”
Cormorants are known for feeding on salmon, they are considered by Oregon officials as risk to salmon population. To protect salmon and steelhead, they are added to the Endangered Species Act.
(Salmons are cormorants’ staple food. They are the number threat to salmon according to Oregon officials.
In response, the Audubon Society said that there are many probable reasons why the salmon population in Oregon are endangered such as loss of natural habitat.
Aside from killing 11,000 birds, there is also plan in destroying 26,000 bird nests in the region.