Are poachers to blame for Idaho’s declining curlews?

Researchers believe poachers are the cause of several long-billed curlew deaths in southwest Idaho.
©Jon D. Anderson

What’s killing the curlews? Mostly poachers, according to Boise State University researchers. Long-billed curlews (Numenius americanus) nest in the mountain West, but biologists found their population in southwest Idaho was falling. Researchers fitted 16 birds with transmitters and found seven had been killed by suspected poachers, according to the Idaho Statesman. That wasn’t true, however, in other parts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, where no birds had been poached.

Read more in the Idaho Statesman here.