Managing the ‘Feathered Pariah’: Cormorants in the Upper Great Lakes

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    The double-crested cormorant has caused outrage in the Great Lakes. Anglers say the fish-eating birds destroy the fishery in places where colonies of thousands nest. They want lethal force used again to control cormorants in places like the Les Cheneaux Islands. Critics say killing more birds is unnecessary and is driven by a view of the world that puts humans and their desires at the center of everything.

    Interlochen Public Radio’s Peter Payette will talk about the issue and show photography of this outcast species by Sam Corden. They traveled this spring to some of the remote islands where cormorants breed in northern Lakes Michigan and Huron.