Date: 11/23/18 7:44 pm From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants
Complaints about Double-crested Cormorants eating too many fish (impacting commercial fisheries) and causing damage to private property has Ontario proposing a cull on the population in the form of establishing them as a game bird and allowing hunting. The proposal would allow hunting of them eight months of the year with a bag limit of 50 per day and no possession limit. There is no time period in years established, so it would be in effect until they do another population analysis at an unknown time in the distant future. This is being proposed even though the same agency states the population just reached stabilization and/or is declining.
Essentially, this is a proposed cull because the commercial fishing industry doesn't like the competition and locals don't like all the bird poop.
You can read the details at this link and use the "Submit a comment" button to tell the Environmental Registry of Ontario what you think. Public comments will be taken until January 3, 2019.