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ESA partially to blame for bird kill at refuges
Herald and News Letter to the Editor April 6, 2012 by Debbie Kliewer, Klamath Falls
I found a major point to be missing in the recent articles on the avian cholera outbreak on the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge.
A major contributor is that part of the refuge was not flooded, forcing all the birds into a more concentrated area where disease spreads more rapidly. This is directly caused by the Endangered Species Act, requiring an unrealistic amount of water being held in the lake for sucker and salmon fish populations.
The ESA needs to be changed so that communities, the economy and other wildlife populations are given consideration as well, instead of being left to die.
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