LONGVIEW, Wash. – The U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers say they will continue to kill cormorant sea birds known to heavily reduce the Columbia River’s salmon population for a third year.
The Daily News reported the Corps expects to kill about 2,400 birds and spray about 4,000 nests with vegetable oil, which will prevent the eggs from hatching. The operation started Tuesday.
The goal is to reduce the number of bird breeding pairs. Corps spokeswoman Michelle Helms-Raper says they expect to spend about $1 million on this year’s operation.
Corps officials say the birds eat up to 11 million juvenile salmon annually.
Last year, the Corps killed about 3,000 birds and reached 1,100 nests. The Corps says it will continue hunting cormorants next year.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.