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Groups oppose plan to kill ravens to save grouse in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife applied for permits to kill ravens to reduce the number preying upon greater sage grouse eggs.

Posted: May 22, 2019 7:31 AM

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.

According to environmentalists the strategy of putting poisoned chicken eggs in bait boxes in northeastern Oregon is flawed.

A director at the Portland Audubon Society said 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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