An animal welfare group trying to document the culling of cormorants on East Sand Island by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the U.S. Coast Guard over their exclusion from the killing zone.
Wildlife Services, which is under the Department of Agriculture and contracted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the shooting, specializes in killing animals that threaten livestock or, in the Columbia River’s case, endangered salmon runs.
Being that Wildlife Services personnel are out in boats and using shotguns to kill the birds, the U.S. Coast Guard established a 500-yard exclusion zone around the area of operations; a fact that has the "welfare" group seething. The Coast Guard notes that the recommended space around use of a shotgun on the water is 300 yards, but they added a couple hundred more due to the maritime environment.
The "welfare" group's lawyer calls that nonsense, and claims that 75 yards would be sufficient. Because lawyers know more about weapons than those stupid military types.
The lawsuit seeks damages, attorney fees and a temporary restraining order against the Coast Guard to lift the safety exclusion zone.
Naturally - that's how groups like these make their money: constant litigation, and always seeking "damages".