Groups oppose plan to kill ravens to save grouse

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FILE – In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male Greater Sage Grouse perform their mating ritual on a lake near Walden, Colo. Conservationists say they’ll fight a federal government proposal to allow oil and gas drilling in remote northeast Nevada, including open-range that’s home to a dwindling species of ground-dwelling bird. A Center for […]

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Environmental advocates in Oregon have criticized a state plan to kill more than 1,000 ravens to help save the greater sage grouse.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife applied for permits in 2018 to kill up to 500 ravens per year over a three-year period to reduce the number preying upon greater sage grouse eggs.

Environmentalists say the strategy of putting poisoned chicken eggs in bait boxes in northeastern Oregon is flawed.

A director at the Portland Audubon Society says the plan is part of an “unfortunate pattern” of agencies scapegoating a species without addressing primary causes of decline.

The plan is opposed by numerous environmental groups including Oregon Wild, The Humane Society and the Center for Biological Diversity.

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