May 14, 2013
A CASPIAN tern carries its prey, a young salmon, on East Sand Island near Chinook, Washington. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced May 13 that it will not keep killing gulls on East Sand Island near the mouth of the Columbia River. Federal agencies were concerned that gulls eating all the chicks on East Sand Island would make the terns return to an island farther upriver, where they ate millions of young salmon. An environmental study determined that was unlikely to happen.
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Agency says program no longer needed GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday it will not continue killing gulls that have been eating baby Caspian terns at the West Coast’s largest nesting colony, located at the mouth of the Columbia River.