Devastated by toxic chemicals only decades ago, Ontario’s population of double-crested cormorants has seen substantial recovery in recent years. The Government of Ontario has put forth a proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants (ERO 013-4124) which would let 50 cormorants be killed per hunter every day, with those cormorants killed being permitted to spoil. Hunting would be allowed during breeding season and at breeding colonies, with no requirements for long-term monitoring and assessment of ecological impact. This proposal has the potential not only to greatly damage cormorant recovery but to significantly influence the breeding populations of many other species including herons, egrets, alewives and gobies.
To learn more:
- Why are cormorants in Progressive Conservatives’ crosshairs? (Toronto Star)
- Response to Proposed Hunting Season for Cormorants in Ontario (Bird Studies Canada)
- Comments submitted on Proposed double-crested cormorant hunt in Ontario (Gail Fraser, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University)
- The Government of Ontario proposes a Double-crested Cormorant hunt that could easily eradicate the species from the Great Lakes in a single year (Edward Kroc, Ph.D., UBC)
Here are some ways you can raise your objections:
- Oppose the senseless slaughter of cormorants (Ontario Nature)
- Submit a comment with the Environmental Registry of Ontario
Special thanks to TFN member Zunaid Khan for letting us use his photograph for this post.