At the July 2019, Washington Island Town board meeting, the members
unanimously agreed to send the United States Fish and Wildlife Services
a letter explaining that citizens were concerned about the USFWS
treatment of Pilot Island.
Many of our residents have family members who lived and served
on Pilot Island where the lighthouse, now abandoned, stood as a reminder
of days gone by, when ships and lives might be lost sailing through Death’s
Door. In years past, residents had social gatherings on Pilot Island. It was
lush and green then, with a wonderful ecosystem that included prolific
fisheries and clear waters just off the island’s beaches.
The situation with Pilot Island is much different today. The island’s
flora and fauna are radically degraded, and the surrounding islands,
waters, and mainland are adversely impacted as a result of the population
explosion of double-crested cormorants that nest and roost there.
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