Published: Saturday, May 31 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Crows are amazing birds.
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.
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.
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.
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