Idaho Is Out To Get The Pelicans
I have to confess that I didn't know that Idaho had pelicans, but then again, I don't get out much. According to the Idaho Fish and Game's plans, there will be a lot less pelicans soon.
The overall goal of this plan is to establish a management framework which ensures viable breeding populations of pelicans in Idaho while reducing impacts to native trout and recreational fisheries. Emphasis is on reducing predation rates through a combination of management actions that could include hazing and lethal reinforcement of foraging birds, manipulation of nesting habitat, and directly limiting pelican production and recruitment.
Lethal reinforcement? The last time my wife used that phrase, all of my favorite torn t-shirts were put in a garage sale.
Word is that they want to effectively reduce the pelican population by half over the next 10 years. No doubt this involves the pelicans feeding on fish that the state would like to keep around.
For more information on this proposal, you can read it for yourself.