Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn.
Now they want federal approval to shoot double-crested cormorants that eat millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean.
In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obtained by The Associated Press, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin says harassment has "proved insufficient" to control cormorants, and they want the option of killing some of the birds.
Oregon needs federal approval to start shooting double-breasted cormorants because they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Anglin wrote that the birds are threatening restoration of wild fish protected by the Endangered Species Act, as well as hatchery fish important to sport and commercial fishing.
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