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Letter: Don't hunt crows

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  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    July 29, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    Crows have been on the state and federal depredation lists for years, but not many people knew about it. This helps inform the public that it is acceptable to shoot them. Many states now have crow hunts because of the numbers.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 2, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    I hate to break it to all of you who love the crows, but you do realize that they are an invasive species. Growing up I never saw a crow in Utah. Now they are all over the place.

    I like snakes, but that does not mean that we should allow the pythons to keep living in the everglades.

    If you think that the crows should not be checked, explain how you expect to keep their population in check without their natural predators.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 1, 2014 7:26 p.m.

    I like crows for their character and intelligence. However, I recognize that are predators themselves and threaten the population of other desirable birds and fouls. Sometimes it is necessary to intervene in nature. I don't like it, but we have monitoring agencies for that purpose. I am not a fan of big government, but reasonable actions by some entities is necessary. We should be careful not to get carried away.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 1, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    Crows are amazing birds.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    In order to restore the balance of crows and other birds, thinning out their population is reasonable. When emotion replaces reason, the outcome is seldom good.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 31, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    And how many thousands of dollars has our legislature thrown away to kill head birds?

    It's amazing how we never have money for education or green energy but we always have plenty of money to shoot wolves and birds.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 31, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    Ok.... not a big fan of going out killing things for entertainment.... but.... what are we saying here? Its ok to kill stupid things, but intelligent ones, not so much? If the population has gotten out of control and needs to be brought back into balance, what else are the options.... just wondering.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 31, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    The DWR is charged with keeping "nature" in balance. Crows eat the eggs and hatchlings of other birds. When "nature" is in balance, excess crows would be killed by their natural predators, owls, hawks and eagles. When there are too few natural predators, the DWR intervenes.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    May 31, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Well Brian. I suggest you call your local wildlife management experts and ask them about the effects of crows preying on other bird's nests! You can either have lots of song birds and a few crows or lots of crows and fewer song birds but you can't have both!

  • KDave Moab, UT
    May 31, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    Crows are one of the main predators of the sage grouse. If we are going to save the grouse from extinction, some crows gotta go.