Cormorants in Ontario

The following message has come to our attention via OntBirds:

Yesterday a proposal to create an open hunting season of cormorants from March 15th to December 31st was posted on the Environmental Registry – bag limit of 50/day and NO possession limit.

The statement that it will “not affect sustainability” seems to lack scientific proof given that hunting will occur during breeding season, and cormorants will be disturbed from breeding colonies by the hunting. Not to mention the fact that almost all DCCO colonies contain several other colonial waterbird species (ie. Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, White Pelicans …) who will also be disturbed during their breeding season by this hunting activity.

Comments can be submitted until January 3, 2019.


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