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Birds fish, farmers fume

posted on February 4, 2000


IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, NO... IT IS A BIRD.

PRODDED BY CATFISH FARMERS, THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER, IN STARKEVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, IS SEEKING TO CONTROL THE EXPLODING DOUBLE-BREASTED CORMORANT POPULATION.

THE AQUATIC BIRD, NEARLY WIPED OUT BY FARM CHEMICALS AND OTHER POISONS, HAS BEEN RAPIDLY INCREASING IN NUMBERS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE POPULATION OF 1-MILLION PLUS BIRDS IS PILCHING PROFITS AT MISSISSIPPI CATFISH FARMS.

TO KEEP THIS ADVERSARIAL BIRD-HUMAN RELATIONSHIP IN CHECK, RESEARCHERS AT THE CENTER PLAN TO STRAP HIGH-TECH SATELLITE TRACKING DEVICES TO 15 BIRDS AND OBSERVE THEIR BEHAVIOR FOR A YEAR.

WHEN THE STUDY IS OVER THE DATA WILL BE USED TO CREATE A CORMORANT MANAGEMENT PLAN.


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