Officials say they'll shoot barred owls for threatening northern spotted owls
Article Date: 2007-04-27 Source: http://redding.com
By Dylan Darling
Northwest U.S.A. - Forget logging and habitat loss, the biggest threat to the northern spotted
owl is another owl, federal wildlife managers say.
A draft recovery plan released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service targets the barred owl as the primary threat to the controversial critter whose listing for federal protection 17 years ago led to closures of sawmills around the West as old-growth forests were closed off to logging.
"If we don't get this threat under control," no amount of habitat work will
lead to the recovery of the spotted owl, said Dave Wesley, leader of the
Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Team.
So how do you control the barred owls, which are native to eastern North
America and compete with spotted owls for habitat and food?
"The most humane way is actually shooting the owls," Wesley said.
On par with the spotted owl's history, there's controversy surrounding its
recovery plan. Questions abound about a federal oversight committee's
involvement in its development and why habitat loss seems to have been minimized
as a factor in the owl's decline.
The northern spotted owl is found in the north state's mountains and has been
listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act since 1990.
Eyes on owls
Key points in the 173-page draft northern spotted owl recovery plan:
The plan calls for monitoring northern spotted owl population and
distribution, as well as the impacts of the barred owl.
Loss of habitat because of timber harvest was also listed as a threat to the
owl's recovery. A network of protected owl habitat could be created on public
Timeline and cost
The northern spotted owl could be recovered in 30 years, at a cost of $198
million, according to the plan.
Off the list
The northern spotted owl would be taken off the federal threatened species
list if it has a stable or increasing population and good distribution for 10
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On 2007-05-18, ashley wrote: "save the owls and dont cut down the trees"
On 2008-11-04, garrett from indiana wrote: "Don't shoot, don't shoot!"
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