Friday, April 4, 2014

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary: Idaho's In the Raven-Killing Business

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a plan to spend as much as $100,000 over two years to poison ravens in three areas across Idaho in order to protect sage grouse.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Fish and Game will kill the ravens by placing poison in their food—chicken eggs— in three locations: near the Idaho National Laboratory in Arco, the Curlew National Grasslands and in Washington County, near the Oregon border.

Fish and Game officials say ravens are a main predator of sage grouse eggs and have been increasing in numbers across Idaho and the West. The poisoning, which is set to begin this spring, was approved by the Idaho Legislature, which said Fish and Game could kill as many as 4,000 ravens over two years.


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