Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bungled Paperwork Gives Idaho Ravens A One-Year Reprieve

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

It appears that Idaho is no hurry to be in the raven-killing business.

In April, Idaho Fish and Game said it had a $100,000 plan to poison ravens in three areas of the state in order to protect sage grouse. Fish and Game officials said that it was preparing to place poison in the ravens' 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.

But this morning's Twin Falls Times-News is reporting that the plan has been scuttled this year due to delays in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service's environmental permitting process. It turns out that the federal agency didn't gets its supplemental environmental assessment completed on time, thus missing the spring field season.

Fish and Game says it still intends to start poisoning the ravens in the spring of 2015.

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