(Minnesota Department of Natural Resources photo)
Nesting cormorants cover an island on Leech Lake in 2004. Sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have killed about 18,000 cormorants on Leech Lake since 2005 as part of a multi-faceted effort to restore declining walleye populations. Besides helping fish populations rebound, the sharpshooting effort has benefited a number of unique shorebird species that were being affected by cormorants. Cormorant populations on Leech have declined, which is readily apparent this spring, officials say.
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