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VIDEO: The Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill thousands of seabirds

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(KHQ.COM)-  Salmon trying to make it down Oregon's Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean could get a big boost this spring, but it will come at the expense of thousands of seabirds. The call of the Double Crested Cormorant gets louder each year on East Sand Island.  The population is rapidly growing and that's a problem according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

In May while Cormorants are nesting, millions of young salmon are swimming past the island trying to reach the Pacific Ocean.  Each year an estimated 11 million fish get eaten by the birds.  Robert Winters of the Army Corps of Engineers says, 'I don't think there's any winners in this scenario. I mean, we need to improve the survival of the juvenile salmon while maintaining the sustainable population of Cormorants.,

The solution, according to the Audubon Society, is a slaughter.  The Army Corps plans to kill 11,000 Cormorants by shooting them out of the sky, catching them with nets and pouring oil on eggs to keep them from hatching. 

The Audubon Society will likely file its lawsuit in the next 30 days, before the killing is set to begin.


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