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Great horned owls are just one of many raptor species illegally targeted by some unscrupulous hunters. Keith Corliss / Forum Communications Co.

Flight Lines: Pelican colony destruction strikes a chord

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Like almost every morning, last Friday found me leafing through the pages of the Forum newspaper. Separating this day from most was a story on page A7 which carried the following headline: "Farmer 'flipped out' at pelicans." It described a Faribault County, Minn., farmer who, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, destroyed 1,458 nests and 2,400 eggs and chicks of American white pelicans on May 17 of this year. The farmer is being charged with a misdemeanor.

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