- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A restricted hunt for cormorants on lakes Moultrie and Marion starts next week, despite a federal lawsuit opposing such hunts.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1uTFNt5 ) a hunt last year killed more than 11,000 of the birds who fishermen say are depleting fish in the lakes.

The lakes are a noted fishing spot and attract tourists from around the nation.

But the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year saying the hunts violate the federal migratory species law.

Opponents of the hunts say there’s no proof the hunts have any impact.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is allowing a restricted hunt this year. More than 1,100 hunters participated last year. This year, permits are being issued to only 520 hunters.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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