Bill designed to help states manage cormorant population [UPDATED]Published 9:17am Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Updated 11:18am Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Last week, Rep. Collin Peterson introduced the Cormorant Management and Natural Resources Protection Act in coordination with Rep. Bachmann.
This bipartisan legislation is designed to help cut through the bureaucratic red tape that prevents states from managing destructive double-crested cormorants in an effective, timely, and site-specific fashion.
Cormorant populations continue to pose problems throughout the 7th District, Peterson said, of his reason to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to help manage excessive cormorant populations since his first term in office in 1991
“I have been trying for years to work with people on both sides of the issue to come up with a management solution that will solve this problem,” he said.
The cormorant is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which requires a lengthy permit process through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service and often the respective state’s Department of Natural Resources, in order for the birds to be removed from private land.
The Cormorant Management and Natural Resources Protection Act would empower the states to better manage overpopulation of these birds by delegating the authority to do so to those governors who submit treaty-compliant management plans to the Secretary of the Interior.