Cormorant carcasses sought

by Editorial Staff | October 2, 2020
Hunters holding harvest of cormorants in a boat
Photo courtesy Mike Miller/Angler & Hunter Television

The Fleming College Fish & Wildlife program is collecting double-crested cormorant carcasses from around the province for educational and research purposes.

The animals can be donated to the college under the authority of its Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) salvage permit, officials stated.

Specifically, the birds will be used to teach second-year students avian anatomy and necropsy techniques.

Some third-year students will also use the birds for part of their independent research project and will be sampling stomach contents and tissues for heavy metals and organic pollutants, officials added.

Season began Sept. 15

Fleming’s Frost Campus, home of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, is located at 200 Albert St. S in Lindsay.

Arrangements can be made through Paul Ashley for drop off at the college or pick up, depending on location. He can be reached by clicking here.

Ontario’s first hunting season for cormorants opened Sept. 15 and continues until Dec. 31. The harvest will help address concerns about impacts to local ecosystems by cormorants, which eat a pound of fish a day and damage trees, the MNRF announced July 31.

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