Environmental protection groups are charging that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service knew long before it approved plans to kill tens of thousands of federally-protected birds, to protect endangered salmon and steelhead, the plan wouldn’t work. But they went ahead with it anyway.
Documents obtained by the Audubon Society of Portland show the federal agency’s scientists alerted their agency heads nearly a year ago that the double-crested cormorants nesting on an island at the mouth of the Columbia River weren’t responsible for the decline of the fishery.
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