MNRF Proposal: Hunting Season for Cormorants
The MNRF is looking for public feedback on a proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in Ontario.
Adult cormorants weigh 2.6 to 5.5 lbs and eat half their weight in fish, every day. These social birds and can be found in very large flocks, leading to significant impacts to local fisheries.
This proposal would be implemented through regulatory and legislative amendments which would list the double-crested cormorant as a game bird for population management and making related changes as necessary.
The hunting season would run from March 15th to December 31st across the province. Hunters will need an Outdoors Card and a Small Game Licence to hunt these birds. Hunting from a stationary motorboat will be permitted. There will be a 50 bird per hunter, per day limit with no limit to possession. The MNRF are also looking into making an amendment which would allow the spoiling of meat for cormorants.
We are watching how this proposal unfolds but are leary of a few pieces wrapped into this one:
- allowing 50 birds per hunter, per day with the addition of allowing meat to spoil seems extreme and may draw negative attention to the activity of hunting once again.
- There is a great deal of negative publicity surfacing from this announcement already. Several news articles, letters to the editor, and Facebook posts expressing outrage are circulating. Most individuals are concerned that this hunting season is a way to eliminate this species completely.
For more information and to provide feedback on this proposal, click the link below:
We encourage members to take the time to express their opinion, regardless if you are for or against this proposal. It is important that all voices be heard in the decision-making process.