2010-02-18 / Features

Feds To Poison Crows To Protect Plovers On Cape

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) – Federal scientists are planning to use deception and poison to protect endangered piping plovers from predatory crows on some Cape Cod beaches.

The Cape Cod National Seashore will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture this spring to create fake plover nests on two beaches and fill them with hard-boiled chicken eggs that have been laced with poison.

Seashore biologist Mary Hake tells the Cape Cod Times that crows are the number one predator of plover eggs and similar tactics have been used in other areas of the country.

She says eliminating crows would also allow the Seashore to reduce its protection of plovers at some beaches.

The Seashore will hold public information meetings about the plan Feb. 25 in Eastham and March 3 in Provincetown.

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