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Federal proposal to kill double-crested cormorants in Ohio latest in series of attacks on protected waterfowl

Federal proposal to kill double-crested cormorants in Ohio latest in series of attacks on protected waterfowl
Once endangered in the Great Lakes region, double-crested cormorants are facing a new threat of potential extermination authorized by the federal government.

AKRON, Ohio – Once endangered in the Great Lakes region, double-crested cormorants – dark, long-necked waterfowl often spotted in Lake Erie’s western basin – are facing a new threat of potential extermination authorized by the federal government.” Nat Miller, director of conservation for Audubon Great Lakes, said double-crested cormorants are fascinating and beloved by the birding community.According to the USDA’s latest report, 43 aquaculture producers reported damage by double-crested cormorants.In 2017, Ohio State University surveyed the state’s aquaculture producers, and 67% responded that double-crested cormorants were the main fish-eating bird negatively affecting production.

And from 1990 to 2017, only four aircraft strikes involved double-crested cormorants, and none of them were in Ohio, according to the USDA report.” Miller said a decline in double-crested cormorants would constitute a loss for Ohio’s birding community.

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