January 15, 2009

To date, 12,357 double-crested cormorants (eggs, juveniles and adults) have been removed from Leech Lake under the supervision of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  This is a correction of the 9,487 birds reported in the last update and in this year’s Large Lake Report.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has published a proposed rule and Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) to extend the expiration dates of current double-crested cormorant depredation orders.