A bizarre legacy of the drug war in Columbia is the presence of hippopotami that were brought to Columbia by infamous (and long dead) drug lord Pablo Escobar.  Their population is growing and they are starting to leave the luxurious estate that Escobar built at the height of his power.  If they become established in the wild, ecological disaster could ensue (and we think invasive species like House Sparrows are bad) so Columbia recently had a hippo hunt, which did not go over well with some animal rights folks.  Any other ideas out there as to how to handle the hippos?

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.