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Longterm Idaho Native Trout Program Involves Killing Pelicans

I guess that’s one way to keep the Idaho native trout population healthy. 

If there’s one thing that makes animal rights activists angry, it’s purposefully killing animals.

However, just to throw a curveball, Idaho announced it will be killing half of their state population of pelicans in an effort to support their 10-year native trout program. Fishermen are rejoicing in the water, but others are pretty upset about the decision.

25 years ago, it was estimated that pelican populations in the state averaged around 200 birds. Now, there are close to 6,000. That many pelicans have played havoc on the state’s native trout by some estimating, catching more fish than the paying tourists looking to do the same thing. The new 10-year plan will reduce the population to about half, which should be then be able to support the native trout and the pelicans survival together.

“It’s awfully hard because they have to balance everything,” said Frank Renn of the local Audubon Society, in an interview. “It’s probably not as bad as they say it is. As a member of the Audubon Society, I would have to say no control measures.”

All actions that Idaho is going to take against the local pelicans have to be approved by US Fish and Wildlife Service since Pelicans are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. With that in mind, most likely eggs will be removed from nests to execute the action. In rare cases will pelicans actually be outright killed.

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Longterm Idaho Native Trout Program Involves Killing Pelicans