- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed killing double-crested cormorants as part of a program to reduce the size of North America’s biggest cormorant nesting colony so the birds eat fewer juvenile salmon migrating down the Columbia River.

The agency says 158 birds have been killed thus far, including 33 in July. And more than 5,089 nests have been oiled, destroying the eggs inside them.

Plans call for reducing the number of cormorants on East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia between Oregon and Washington from 14,000 pairs to 5,600 pairs by 2018. The birds eat millions of juvenile salmon.

Wildlife control personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services started shooting birds and oiling eggs so they won’t hatch last weekend.

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