OSU students to haze Columbia River cormorants

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The Corps of Engineers will try hazing cormorants at the mouth of the Columbia River in an attempt to reduce the size of a "super colony" of the birds that have been taking about one-fifth of the young salmon before they reach the ocean.

Beginning in March, biologists and students from Oregon State University will try to scare and drive off some birds before they can nest on East Sand Island.

The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/pZ8Dz4 ) the goal is to force as many as 60 percent of the birds to nest elsewhere and give the salmon smolts a better chance of surviving.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com