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Cormorants: The heart of the problem

The cormorant is just one predator that eats the same fish, birds or mammals as sportsmen.

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:21 PM ET
By Doug Leier | North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Double-crested cormorants don't get much respect these days. While I don't expect to generate much sympathy for the cormorant, I do wonder about the recent level of disdain and disgust often associated with the mere mention of this fish-eating bird's name.

Cormorants never were all that popular. While people might speak highly of a great blue heron or pelican or common loon — all birds that also eat fish — cormorants seldom receive that same kind of admiration.

But the ...

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