Under current law, the cormorant is protected under a 1918 law protecting migratory birds. To remove these birds from private land, a permit is needed from the Fish and Wildlife Service, in consultation with both the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service and state authorities.
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who co-sponsored the bill with Bachmann, said he has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation to reduce the cormorant population for more than 20 years. He added that he's hopeful his latest effort with Bachmann can win support in the House.
"Cormorants continue to be a problem in Waconia, across Minnesota, and throughout the United States," Waconia, Minnesota Mayor Jim Nash said. "The legislation is a common sense approach to alleviate red tape in managing the cormorant population so that they do not adversely impact important fisheries like Waconia."
Members co-sponsoring the bill are Reps. Spencer BachusSpencer BachusSpencer Bachus: True leadership The FDA should approve the first disease-modifying treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Study: Payday lenders fill GOP coffers MORE (R-Ala.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), John Kline (R-Minn.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio).
— This story was updated on Tuesday, 11:33 a.m. to correct the quote from Mayor Nash.