It could soon be open season on Double-crested Cormorants in the Columbia River
In order to protect young salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River, US federal officials have come up with a proposal to cull around 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants that feed off them, reports the online National Monitor.
The fish are listed under the Endangered Species Act as either threatened or endangered.
If the proposal wins a final approval, state agriculture workers will also need to spray cormorant eggs with vegetable oil to prevent young chicks from hatching.
The drastic move was suggested as a result of an Environmental Impact Statement, which is currently being reviewed. Originally an even greater number of birds, 18,000, were destined to be shot over a period of four years.