Press Release Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Filed to Stop Cormorant Slaughter by Federal Agencies
Thousands of Native Birds Blamed for Salmon Declines Caused By Corps’ Mismanagement of Hydropower System
PORTLAND, Ore.— Five conservation and animal welfare organizations initiated a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to stop the slaughter of thousands of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River basin. The lawsuit asserts that the federal agencies are scapegoating the native birds for salmon declines when the real threat is mismanagement of the federal hydropower system. Unless stopped, the agencies will kill more than 15 percent of all double-crested cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains.
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