spotted 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

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

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

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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What's Red And Black And Spotted All Over?
6:35 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Spotted Frog Proposal Revives Endangered Species Fears

The Oregon spotted frog is no longer found in nearly 80 percent of its historic habitat range
Credit USDA Forest Service

Twenty-three years ago, the listing of the northern spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act was one of the factors that led to a sharply reduced Northwest timber harvest. Now, wildlife officials are proposing to list the Oregon spotted frog. If approved, this listing would not have nearly the far-reaching impact the spotted owl listing had. But  officials in Klamath County are pushing back against a proposal they fear will lead to intrusive and economically-damaging regulations.

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