barred owl

Ethical Dilemma
7:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Killing One Owl Species To Save Another

Biologist Lowell Diller bands a spotted owl on forest lands owned by the Green Diamond Resource Company in Humboldt County,
Liam Moriarty JPR

A look at the wisdom - and ethics - of shooting barred owls to save spotted owls

It’s been nearly 20 years since the Northwest Forest Plan scaled back logging across the region, in large part to preserve habitat for the endangered northern spotted owl. But the spotted owl continues to decline. Scientists blame the larger, more aggressive barred owl for pushing the spotted owl out of its natural habitat. Now, federal wildlife managers have begun shooting barred owls to see if removing the competition will allow spotted owls to recover.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Barred Owl Shooting: USF&WS Perspective

Saving spotted owls is the point of the shooting of some barred owls.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Paul Henson of U.S. Fish & Wildlife explains the shooting of barred owls to keep spotted owls from going extinct.

Time for a few more words on the shooting of barred owls. 

The process recently began, in an effort to help spotted owls survive in areas where the owls compete for territory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Barred Owl Shooting Begins

A barred owl rescued after an accident.
Credit Terren J. Peterson/Wikimedia

Michael Harris details Friends of Animals objection to shooting barred owls.

The work long rumored recently got underway: gunfire killed barred owls in Northern California. 

And it was completely intentional, meant to give spotted owls some breathing room in their competition with the rival owls for living space. 

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