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Daily Astorian: Cormorant Culling Causes Concerns

A plan to kill 16,000 double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island has some residents on the North Coast scratching their heads.

Although still in the proposal phase, the plan drew many to an open house in Astoria last week to ask questions of the federal agencies involved.

“I can’t believe in this day and age we can’t come up with an alternative solution to killing things,” said Tommy Huntington of Cannon Beach.

The Alternative C plan is the preferred option of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stem the ravenous consumption of juvenile salmon and steelhead each year. A final decision won’t be reached until after a public comment period and a review process are completed by the end of this year.

Read more at the Daily Astorian.

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