barred owl

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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.

Barred Owl Shooting: USF&WS Perspective

Jan 6, 2014
U.S. Fish & Wildlife

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. 

Barred Owl Shooting Begins

Jan 2, 2014
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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.