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Friday, February 11, 2011

SYD HENLEY: Cull of Corvids petition

Hi Jon,

I have just received the following petition information via one of the Pagan groups that I am associated with and feel that some of the CFZ members may be interested in supporting it. It seems that some people want a cull of corvids, as a way of protecting song birds. This despite the fact that there appears to be no evidence to support the claim by the group, Songbird Survival that Corvids are responsible for the decline in British song birds.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/8/stop-the-cull-of-crows-and-magpies/

Regards, Syd.

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

I don't know the science on this particular case, so I am reserving judgment.

There have been cases where culling predators have been proven beneficial for ecosystems, most famously the culling of Canada lynx in Newfoundland:

http://retrieverman.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/of-hares-canada-lynx-and-caribou/

But I will say that what they're doing to wolves in Alaska is fairly stupid, not based on any good science.