Skip to comments.Human intervention; killing barred owls to help spotted owls
Posted on 09/05/2011 4:58:10 PM PDT by SJackson
Wildlife biologists are proposing to shoot hundreds or even thousands of Pacific Northwest barred owls as a way to protect the endangered Northern spotted owl. Barred owls are larger, more aggressive and have been taking over spotted owl territory for the past 20 years. The proposal to shoot barred owls is part of a federal spotted owl recovery plan that will be released soon.
Whether to intervene in what some see as a natural competition between species is a matter of hot debate among biologists, conservationists and the timber industry, which argues that we've set aside huge chunks of habitat for a bird that now can't be saved.
Human action has consequences. Here's my barred owl story from February and a couple other odd and cautionary tales.
“barred owls” ???
barn owls ???
We are total a******.
This is affirmative action for the spotted owls - shoot the others. When can we expect this sort of treatment from the ACORN types? Also, why is it that those most sold on Darwinian survival of the fittest, take the most pains to ensure that it won’t be given an opportunity to function?
barred owls ???
jail birds ???
Logging in Oregon was pretty much shut down because of the SPOTTED OWL over the past 20+ years....now they’ve “discovered” it was the BARRED OWL which was killing the Spotted Owl....and are going to kill THEM....but, they won’t admit they killed logging industry, nor open it back up without a fight....a HUgE FIGHT....Oregon Ping
They believe in it but they want to keep it from happening. So they don’t want you to be armed (saving criminals) and they want to require seatbelts and helmets (saving reckless drivers) and ban cigarettes (saving would-be smokers). They also support a vast welfare state (saving many leeches). For starters.
The other resident is Margret, she is the boss, give me a wide birth but is Finbars mate, she arrived two years ago.
Finbar is in charge of crows, Margret covers all other editable trespassers.
I read here on FR at least a couple of years ago, which I did not keep, that barred owls are from the East coast, but over the years have been making their way to the West coast. There they have found the love of their life...the spotted owl. They have taken up housekeeping together and produce little chicks.
These environmentalists are a bunch of mean whackos all because of natural breeding habits.
Thank you for that wonderful, wonderful story.
It made me smile. It also made me feel happy.
Oh boy, Rush really needs to do one of his Animal Rights Updates on this!
I guess the only way to protect the barred owl is open season on the spotted owl.
Barred Owls (Strix varia) are plentiful here in North Louisiana. Their call is quite distinctive: “Who, who who cooks for you, who cooks for you all.”
I like to befriend mocking birds and crows. Get them to talk.
That is really cute!!! Thank you.
Thank you so much for the video. I really enjoyed it. I loved it.
As a little kid growing up in Panama, I would hear these wonderful owls in the middle of the night. They would scare the devil out of me, and I would hide under the covers.
Anybody have plans for barred owl houses or how to attract them?
This is “evolution in action.” Why are we intervening?
does this mean we can start shooting the Canada geese taht are fouling our lakes and parks?
Had a pet Robin when I was a kid. Found him on the ground. Warmed him up in the oven. He grew up and was let go outside. He would come when my dad whistled for him, and land on his head. Amazing to see. Smarter than we think.
LOL! I saw that and was wondering the same thing. Heck, if they’re barred, why not kill them?
Wasn’t there something in that evolution thingee about “survival of the fittest”?
must be nice to play god:
let this one live !! kill that one !!
We should be shooting biologists and conservationists.
This may happen here in Humboldt County Calif. Most of the US Forest Service lands have been closed to logging due to the BS of the Spotted Owl. This was a make believe crisis cooked up by the Sierra Club et al and one local nut let slip that it was week science and they were already setting up the Three Toed Salamander as the boogie man to stop logging.
My daughter and I took a field trip with a group to a Spotted Owl study area on Simpson Timber co land. We went a few miles above Korbel Ca and witnessed a Simpson forester call in a pair of Owls that would grab a piece of hand held food by several of us. They were in a 40 acre patch that was next to several clear cuts
What a wonderful story? Are they barn owls or something else?
I love owls. When I was little, my family found a Western screech owl fledge who had fallen from a tree ... and then we discovered he had a clubfoot. Could never hunt or even hang onto a tree limb well. He became our friend and companion and lived in our house for 17 years (which is way past how long screech owls generally live). He was incredibly smart, sweet-natured and fun. Thanks for bringing back my memories.
maybe? don’t know.
Barn owls are very distinctive. They look like they have flat dinner plates around their eyes. :) If they don’t look like that, they’re something else. (You can always google “owls” and look at pictures — there aren’t THAT many kinds of owls! LOL!)
On "Federal" land, perhaps. A lot of the State gets pretty well ravaged. And I'm no tree-hugger.
Are you saying the the State Forest service is ravaging forests?
Forest managers like Plum Creek clear-cut at levels that I have a hard time believing are legal. Our State forests seem to be managed at sustainable levels. If you’ve got Google Earth, check out the Bone Mountain area in Douglas County. I understand that harvesting trees at 33 to 37 years of age is going to leave a checkerboard pattern on the landscape, but the above mentioned area can only be described as raped. No doubt some of this would be alleviated by lifting restrictions on federal forests, but we both know that ain’t gonna happen any time soon.
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