That is correct - the Barred Owl has moved into the Spotted Owl’s supposed territory and pushed them out. The Forest Service plans to kill over one thousand of these beautiful birds to make room for Spotted Owls that aren’t there.
It is utter lunacy - at the same time, finding a Bald Eagle feather on the ground and taking it home can get you time in federal prison. But killing our national symbol for a stinking windmill will be approved - it’s the bizarro world on steroids.
Something is fundamentally wrong with our government.
Ironic isn't it? Blackbears and cougars have been reported in Indiana in the last few years. The DNR had repeatedly stated and continues to report that we don't have blackbears in IN. (Pictures of one cougar don't count)Nevermind that Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky all have blackbear populations. Meanwhile, it's legal to shoot Coyotes on site if you are a land owner because they have become a predatory nuisance.
There has been discussion about what to do if Blackbears start to populate northern IN. They are worried that, like the coyote, they will threaten native wild life. (What?)
What the hell is native wildlife. It just so happens that when "wildlife" moves in, they become "natives." The animals don't read maps that well and don't realize the government is keeping track of what they hunt and kill. It is rediculous and getting worse.