Double-crested cormorant removal
Posted 30 March 2014 - 05:34 PM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:15 AM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:27 AM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:55 AM
And that is the primary reason I can't begin to correlate the two. I don't think this effort will be particularly popular resulting in little change in Cormorant population. Please keep us posted though.
They are also native which makes them very different from the carp issues.
Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:22 AM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:26 AM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:42 AM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:50 AM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:25 PM
I would agree if that "general reason" was the driving force. However my understanding is, like with the wolves, specific, case by case individual populations are evaluated for potential lethal management. Often the facts behind the process actually support lethal control. There's reams of data supporting it. Unfortunately, the Anti-Hunting lobby has latched onto lethal management, or "predator control", as an effective emotional spark to enflame the public against hunting. That is why so much of such work is done on the Down Low, both state and federally. When word does leak out, PETA and anti-hunters pump it up.
The whole "cormorants are competing with us for fish!" thing has been going on for decades, and is still as stupid and ignorant as ever. It's fully as stupid as killing off wolves for the same general reason.
I don't think it's quite so simple. When cormorants rebounded from DDT, they did not return to pre-industrial natural conditions. Things was way different. My guess is, like herring gulls, cormorants benifited disproportionally from laws protecting birds, environment etc. I bet their breeding colonies exploded and their range expanded, just like herring gulls. Even native species can be "invasive" when populations reach unnatural levels. The feds quietly kill herring gulls by the hundreds, BTW, so they're not likely to worry about states doing the same.
Once DDT by-products slowly flushed from aquatic systems, cormorant populations rebounded, and many people saw this as a sudden and unnatural problem since many people have a sense of history that's about 3 weeks long.
Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:04 PM
Posted 01 April 2014 - 04:26 AM
That's an aspect of human nature that we all share. The only differences are ones of scale and/or reach. Planting a garden is a prime example.
Cormorants were an important part of aquatic ecology before, and are now once again. And humans as always want to be the left hand of Jah and "manage" it. Some things never change.
Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:13 AM
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