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Rules for dealing with surging cormorant population reviewed

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In August, 1972, a lanky, seal-black bird sitting on a Lake Superior sandstone perch with wings extended would have been a rare sight.

Seeing federally protected double-crested cormorants around the Apostle Islands today, though, is common, due to improved conservation laws, the banning of DDT, and a boom of catfish farming in the birds' Mississippi delta wintering grounds, experts say.

The birds' growing population may seem to be something to celebrate, but proposed rule changes in the United States Federal Register about how and when cormorants could be "taken" may mean the birds, in some areas, are doing more harm than good.   more...

 



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