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Proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in Ontario
Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) Number:  013-4124
Comment period:  November 19, 2018 – January 3, 2019

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is proposing to create a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in response to concerns that double-crested cormorants have been detrimental to fish stocks and natural habitats.  The proposed approach would allow persons who hold a small game licence to hunt these birds and provide a new tool for the management of double-crested cormorants.  The rules for hunting double-crested cormorants would be generally consistent with regulations related to migratory birds.

If a hunting season is created, MNRF will implement a monitoring program to further assess the status of double-crested cormorants in Ontario.

This proposal will be posted on the Environmental Registry at with comments accepted until January 3, 2019.