State of Idaho plans to poison up to 4,000 Common Ravens.
Justification: Ravens prey on the eggs of the imperiled Greater Sage-Grouse. Yet of 19 reasons for the grouse’s declining numbers, predation by other wildlife comes in at #12. Providing protected areas and requiring sustainable land management are the most important ways to conserve the grouse, not killing avian predators.
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killing one species to ‘protect’ another is a horrible approach to anything. Have people not learned by now? And how many other animals would this inevitably poison? Ones that would also not only ingest the poison, but the poisoned bird carcasses.
What is wrong with people.
Crows and Ravens hold a sacred position in the Mythos of North America, they should be honored and revered not murdered.
Anyone who’s had ANY basic wildlife management knows that killing off predators of your target species is great in the short run… and kicks you in the ass later on. It is NOT a proper long term solution except in rare cases/those of invasive species (I’m not sure if ravens are native, I think they are, and if not, they’re most likely naturalized species).
Also corvids are notorious as FUCK for just comin right back so you’re really… not doing anything. They have amazing communication systems so chances are you’ll probably end up poisoning non-target species later on as they tell each other where the poison is found…..