The Oregonian has ran an interesting article “Make this call in the wild: Should Oregon shoot barred owls to save spotted owls?” Fish and Wildlife officials are working on an environmental impact statement that may require them to eliminate barred owls in order to save the northwest spotted owl. It is estimated that 1,200 to 1,500 barred owls in certain study areas in the Northwest might be killed if the plan may advance.
One study in California which monitored the impact of exterminating barred owl on spotted owl habitat. The study showed that spotted owls returned to their original grounds. Critics dislike the idea as a no-win situation.
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