Don’t Allow Senseless Mass Killing of Pelicans

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Target: Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Goal: Prevent plans to kill half the pelican population in Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has drafted a ten-year plan to manage local American white pelicans that will involve killing off half of the population. The department claims that harassing and murdering large groups of the pelicans is a viable solution to a decline in native fish species, but a massacre of these birds in response to their natural dietary habits is not a responsible reconstruction of Idaho’s ecosystems.

The American white pelican is a species in need of great conservation efforts in all eight western states where it breeds, including Idaho. Pelican populations in the region are declining due to a lack of viable breeding colonies and, according to the Management Plan for the Conservation of American White Pelicans, “a vulnerable wide-range conservation status.” However, the Department’s new plan stipulates 2,800 of the 5,600 pelicans currently living in the area must be killed to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems. The Department also stated plans to prevent the creation of new breeding colonies despite having admitted this is currently one of the biggest issues restraining American white pelicans. They are justifying this policy with the recent decline of Yellowstone cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and other species fished for sport caused by pelican consumption.

The pelicans have done nothing but hunt their natural prey. Murdering thousands of pelicans to prevent the decline of alternate animal populations is a reductionist solution that ignores the well-being of the pelicans. Nowhere in the plan has the department outlined possible fish management strategies that take into consideration the needs of the greater ecosystem as a whole. Sign the petition below to prevent the Idaho Department of Fish and Game from carrying out plans to murder thousands of American white pelicans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Virgil,

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has recently devised a plan to kill off half the current American white pelican population in Idaho in an attempt to revive native fish species. This plan would be devastating for the conservation of the pelicans who are already facing breeding challenges in Idaho and all along the west coast.

The method you have chosen to mitigate the decline in local fish populations ignores the nuances of ecology within Idaho’s aquatic terrain. Your plan does not take into account any other factors placing pressure on dwindling fish populations such as habitat loss and fragmentation, hybridization, and population isolation. Rather than approaching with a holistic understanding of geographical and population needs, your plan assumes murdering half the pelican population, which is in urgent need of increased conservation efforts, is the only way to alleviate the problem. The policy you have drafted fails to critically examine the complex relationship between predator and prey. I demand you not implement this policy and attempt to draft legislation that features more creative, productive solutions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Frank Schulenberg

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8 Comments

  1. C. Hartley says:

    How idiotic you are. Try controlling over fishing by people. You need to follow sustainable technology, just like responsible other countries.

  2. THE FISH BELONG TO THE PELICANS, IT HAS BEEN THEIR RIGHT TO EAT FISH FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, IT IS NOT YOUR RIGHT TO KILL THEM FOR EATING WHAT IS THEIR RIGHT TO EAT, DO NOT INTERFERE WITH NATURE, DO NOT KILL THESE PELICANS FOR DOING WHAT IS NATURAL AND THEIR RIGHT.

  3. Killing off pelicanso because they eat fish when it’s humans who over fish and waste the most. The pelicans only eat what they need to survive.

    • I so agree with you, leave the beautiful pelicans alone. Yes, they do eat fish, that is their birth right!!!!

  4. Margaret Melnick says:

    Why do they not stop humans from over fishing they are the ones causing the problem not the Pelicans. Has the human race gone completely mad? Maybe they should get rid of half the human race and start over.

  5. Caroline Dinnage says:

    Good one America, kill the Pelicans because they are eating the fish to survive just so dumb fishermen can catch the said fish for so called “sport”! That speaks volumes of the selfishness, cruelty and hillbilly mentality that still exists in these areas…

  6. Celeste H. says:

    I agree with the above commenters — all of this human control over Nature has got to go, we are totally wreaking havoc on the interconnected web of Life, and you would think that even our governmental wildlife programs would be more evolved by now… Lately I have been believing that all of the Fish, Game, and Wildlife “Services” are not into truly helping animals, but helping greedy people profit over animal killing — every week there is another pitiful story about these
    wildlife “services” killing animals for nothing but human
    gain, that no decent biologist or veterinarian would approve
    of, so why can’t these wildlife programs bring in some more
    enlightened employees, and rewrite all of their handbooks?
    They are becoming more like a mafia, and believe their crimes
    are above the law… Now I understand why Rod Coronado was
    willing to go to prison to protect wildlife from our outlaw
    government…. Is respecting the lives of animals and the
    interrelatedness of Nature really so much to ask? And yet
    that is what most Native Americans were asking 100 years and
    more ago…. We should know better by now….

  7. Tina shurtleff says:

    They should rename Fish and Wildlife the Fish and Wildlife Slaughter Agency. True to form killing us their first response. Of course non lethal ways of dealing with overpopulated wildlife takes some thought. There’s the rub

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