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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:52 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
"If you haven't heard by now, there are heated discussions arising out of the stocking of walleyes and the cormorant problem in the Walker area, primarily on Leech Lake. Sure you might say that this really doesn't concern you, but you better continue to read the following information."

Rest of the article is here...

http://www.walkermn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=9&story_id=214073


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:53 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
Found another article on Leech here...

http://www.walkermn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=1&story_id=214084


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:16 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
Thanks for sharing those articles Ted. I find it rather frightening to hear this about a lake as great as Leech and surrounding areas. I suppose the only thing someone like me can do is contact the DNR and voice my concern?

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:51 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
so when does the season open for these birds?



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:41 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
I have a few boxs of shells (4s.6s and 71/2s), lets go.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:43 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
The way things are going, it might be sooner then you think. Let's hope the treehuggers stay out of it. If they had their say, the lake would be dead and we would have a million cormorants floating on the lake.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:45 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
Good find Ted...



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:45 AM 02/13/06 (CST)
Cormorant populations, problems appear to be growing, spreading
BY CHRIS NISKANEN
Pioneer Press

After being blamed for walleye declines on Leech Lake, are double-crested cormorants becoming a nuisance to sport fish on other Minnesota lakes?
Tom Neustrom of Grand Rapids, a fishing guide on Lake Winnibigoshish, thinks so.
Last summer, Lake Winnibigoshish guides and resorters watched a steady increase in fish-eating cormorants on the lake, culminating in mid-August, Neustrom said.
"Starting in June, more and more birds started showing up,'' he said. "In August, my wife and I went out and counted well over 1,000 of them. You'd get a mile and half out in the lake, and there would be huge rafts of them.
"We're concerned about it,'' Neustrom said, speaking for local guides and resorters. "With the history of these birds on Leech Lake, we don't want to have it happen on one of the premier lakes in Minnesota."
Department of Natural Resources officials say they're taking the concerns seriously.
They say they've heard of increasing numbers of cormorants on Lake of the Woods and Knife Island on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Other reports, involving a handful to several hundred cormorants, have come from Big Stone Lake, Lake Ann, Pelican Lake, Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama, Lake Mille Lacs, the Cannon River and the Mississippi River.
The DNR is making a list of these cormorant "hotspots" and is hoping to investigate them.
"It's very much on our radar,'' said Lee Pfannmuller, director of the agency's Division of Ecological Services. "The fundamental question we need to answer is: Are they doing damage?"
LEECH LAKE LINK
The issue of cormorants doing damage to fish populations has become a big issue on Minnesota's Leech Lake.
Last summer, under special permission from the federal government, U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters killed 3,000 cormorants on Leech Lake in an attempt to reduce the population. The cormorant population last year was 3,500, down from the peak of 10,000 in 2004.
The goal is to have 500 nesting pairs on Leech Lake, about 1,000 breeding birds.
DNR officials say there appears to be a strong link between a recent decline in walleye populations on Leech Lake and the rapid increase in cormorants beginning in 1999.
Studies from New York have blamed cormorants, a federally protected species, for declines in sport fish populations on Lake Oneida. So far, the link on Leech Lake isn't as strongly established, biologists say, which is why they are studying the stomach contents of birds killed last year to see if they contain walleyes.
But Leech Lake anglers and business interests are demanding the lake's cormorant population be reduced further than the current target level. And concerns about the birds are cropping up on other lakes.
There is one possible explanation: The Leech Lake control efforts could be driving some birds to other lakes, Pfannmuller said.
A similar dispersal to other lakes was observed on New York's Lake Oneida after control efforts began there, she said. On Leech Lake, cormorants were already taking "foraging flights" to other lakes before sharpshooting began last summer.
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Last week, federal animal damage control officials checked for cormorant nesting sites on Lake Winnibigoshish, including a well-known area known as "the Gap" between Winnie and nearby Cut Foot Sioux. They didn't find evidence of nesting, but that doesn't mean the cormorants aren't nesting in other nearby places, Pfannmuller said.
The DNR is exploring whether more birds can be killed on Leech Lake and if that could reduce numbers elsewhere. That could mean culling nonbreeding juveniles, which currently aren't targeted, Pfannmuller said.
"Mostly, we're trying to see where we should put most of our efforts next year,'' he said.
She warned, however, that federal law wouldn't allow cormorant culling on other lakes, unless there's evidence they are doing damage.
"We don't go take birds everywhere we see them, because there are 32,000 to 34,000 cormorants in the state,'' she said. "We need a good a reason for control."
Neustrom said he doesn't want to see Lake Winnibigoshish's walleye population decline before any control is initiated.
"Waiting five or 10 years for a study to be completed doesn't cut it,'' he said. "The fishing was very good on Leech just five or six years ago, then it dipped. If (the DNR) didn't learn a lesson there, then they aren't listening."
Pfannmuller said the DNR held a conference call with other agencies to discuss the issue, and DNR Commissioner Gene Merriam was expected to be briefed last week.
Chris Niskanen can be reached at cniskanen@pioneerpress. com or 651-228-5524.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 03:00 PM 02/22/06 (CST)
Another good article on Leech Lake...

"The catch rate of .02 walleyes per man hour breaks down to one walleye for every 50 hours of fishing."

http://www.grandrapids-mn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=4&story_id=215556








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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 09:55 AM 03/08/06 (CST)
An upadte on the Cormorant issue...

http://www.petoskeynews.com/articles/2006/03/07/news/local_regional/news02.txt
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