With all of the talk about ravens, there are two observations from our
area (we have tons of ravens). The ravens often eat road flattened cats
faster than animal control can get to them (some kind of irony here) and
the ravens seem to have quite a taste for the Desert Tortoise (who are an
endangered species). This drives some folks absolutely to distraction.
Bruce L. Jones
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Mojave Desert - The Geographic Center of Nowhere
On Wed, 25 Dec 1996 12:53:19 PST Scott Robert Ladd
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>>Ravens are not an endangered, but a threatened species
>>and protected by law. They were very nearly exterminated in North
>>America during the last century and are just beginning to recover.
>In general, ravens are not looked upon highly in American society.
>I've often watched ravens soaring over the mountains; they're
>very graceful fliers. But I'll point out a soaring raven and
>have people say "Oh, that's just a raven." Eagles and hawks, people
>want to see; ravens they couldn't care less about.
>The only three Corvids protected under the U.S. Endangered Species
>Act (ESA) are Pacific or Carribean species; Corvus corax, the
>common raven, is not designated as either a threatened or endangered
>species. Perhaps it is protected by some state laws, or under one
>of the migratory bird treaties.
>Ravens are often accused of killing sheep and lambs; that is
>HIGHLY unlikely, and I think ravens get blamed for "killing"
>livestock when, in fact, they're only scavenging from
>carcasses. However, in "defense" of agriculture, The U.S.
>Government's Animal Damage Control (ADC) program kills ravens
>as a target species. Over the last few years, they've killed:
> 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 Avg.
> ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----
>Raven 304 956 867 1054 979 1044 1577 969
>I don't have the FY 1995 numbers yet.
>Scott Robert Ladd
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