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January 28, 2014

Corps tries new approach in 20-year effort to shoo terns from mouth of the Columbia

Longview Daily News

AP Photo/The Oregonian, Jamie Francis [enlarge]
A Caspian tern carries a young salmon on East Sand Island near Chinook. The new plan is to reduce nesting habitat so the birds will leave. Biologists estimate terns ate 5.5 million smolts a year between 2000 and 2009.

LONGVIEW — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has tamed mighty rivers and battled Mount St. Helens, but it still struggling to shoo Caspian terns away from the mouth of the Columbia River.

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