Target: US Army Corps of Engineers
Goal: Save 16,000 cormorants from being killed in an effort to protect salmon populations
The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to massacre 16,000 cormorants in order to protect salmon for human consumption. On East Sand Island in the Columbia River, 39 percent of double-crested cormorants west of the Rockies come to nest and breed. The proposed killing of such a large number of these birds could severely affect the species as a whole. Another way must be found to help protect salmon in the Columbia River.
Cormorants are thriving on East Sand Island, but this does not mean they are doing well in other places. Cormorants are being persecuted in many areas, causing numerous colonies to die out. They are being killed to protect fish and are also still on the recovery from decades-old contamination by the pesticide DDT.
The US Army Corps of Engineers operates fourteen dams on the Columbia River’s main stem and many more on its tributaries. These dams prove fatal for thousands of salmon as they try to make their way up the Columbia. The Corps is blaming the cormorants and ignoring the harmfulness of the dams.
The Corps also kills sea lions to protect these salmon, but the slaughter of these cormorants is on a much larger scale. Along with climate change and other persecution of cormorants, this plan could jeopardize the entire species. This plan is not final yet. Please take action to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to take shotguns to East Sand Island and murder 16,000 cormorants.
Dear US Army Corps of Engineers,
I recognize your efforts to help protect the salmon of the Columbia River. However, there must be a way to achieve this goal that does not entail the slaughter of massive numbers of cormorants or other birds.
Your plan to kill 16,000 cormorants would not be just a localized event as you say. East Sand Island holds almost forty percent of the cormorants east of the Rockies, which makes it a primary nesting and breeding spot. As cormorants suffer elsewhere as well, this plan could have severe consequences for the cormorant species as a whole.
Please reconsider your lethal approach to this problem and find another way to help protect the salmon in the Columbia River without having to kill 16,000 cormorants.
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