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Say NO to Hunting Crow

May 12, 2014 | Hunting & Wildlife Management

 

Did you know crows are migratory songbirds subject to the protection of various international treaties and conventions? They are regarded as intelligent, highly evolved, vocal birds, who feed on fruit, seeds, insects and are quick to seize an unexpected food sources. 

 

In the United States, however, they are exempt from protections due to regulations enacted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973. Since then, mostly unlimited crow hunting has been allowed throughout the country during designated “open seasons” which are typically 124 days a year, to meet the demands of hunters who want live shooting targets.

Recently, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has proposed to extend the crow hunting season in the far north of the state that would take place from early February to mid-April and again from early August to late September. This would be in addition to the already existent crow-hunt season in the state, for which there is no daily bag limit.

This is obviously an attempt by the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to appease hunters and justify increasing the sale of hunting licenses on which the department relies heavily. It is another example of how the cruel desires of hunters, who only make up 13% of the state of Maine, are directly influencing how the state’s public lands are used and abused.

We are asking our Maine supporters to OPPOSE this proposed crow hunting season and voice your opposition to the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Tell them crows should be fully protected in Maine. All comments will be counted. It only takes a moment and could help make the difference between life and death for America’s crows.

Please send your comments to Becky Orff at the DIFW before May 30th:

Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

Comments can also be emailed to becky.orff@maine.gov or phoned to (207) 287-5202.

 
 

Comments

I am very much opposed to your proposal to extend the crow hunting season in the far north of the state of Maine that would take place from early February to mid-April and again from early August to late September. There is already a ridiculous crow-hunt season in the state, for which there is no daily bag limit, as you know.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is an attempt by the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to appease hunters and justify increasing the sale of hunting licenses. It is another example of how the cruel desires of hunters to kill, who only make up 13% of the state of Maine, are directly influencing how the state’s public lands are used and abused. And it is APPALLING.

Crows need to be fully protected in Maine.

Be humane

Why is the first option always murder to deal a wildlife problem in the US? What happened to logic, reason and compassion. The lunatics are running the asylum in this shocking country

Seems to me there are enough chances to satiate the blood-thirsty people who kill animals and birds for fun without an adding one.

I get it. The squeaky wheel... The hunters are the loudest... and it doesn't matter if animal abuse is involved. It all revolves around the mighty $$$.

No senseless killing for fun. It is immoral and cruel. Crows have family groups that care for each other. I have experienced this up close. A crow we found injured (turns out it had been shot) spent several months in rehab. When I returned him to his own territory he/she immediately managed to fly up into an apple tree and called for his family - the reunion was amazing, the party must have gone on for an hour. They were so happy to see each other. So to kill these intelligent creatures is just wrong.

domestic and feral cats have been designated as the scapegoats for the loss of our avian population while the real culprits continue to decimate the species with the blessings of the state and federal governments. hunters can't even use the excuse that the kills will be used for food. after all, who wants to "eat crow"?

Why must anyone want to destroy such a beautiful bird. They are extremely intelligent and if kept as a pet they learn to talk. Leave them alone and learn to deal with them in a humane way. Humans will never be happy until there isn't any wildlife left.

Killing these intelligent creatures is just wrong.

Why not look at all of the studies having been and being done on animal intelligence using Crows?

Why not have a hunting season on pet canaries? It makes as much sense.

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