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Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl
Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 5:46 PM | unattributed

Posted on 02/28/2012 8:08:37 PM PST by Hunton Peck

To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside.

The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago.

The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline — a 40 percent slide in 25 years.

A plan announced Tuesday would designate habitat considered critical for the bird’s survival, while allowing logging to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and to create jobs. Habitat loss and competition from barred owls are the biggest threats to the spotted owl.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the draft plan “a science-based approach to forestry that restores the health of our lands and wildlife and supports jobs and revenue for local communities.”

By removing selected barred owls and better managing forests, officials can give communities, foresters and land managers in three states important tools to promote healthier and more productive forests, Salazar said.

The new plan, which replaces a 2008 Bush administration plan that was tossed out in federal court, affects millions of acres of national, state and private forest land in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

The plan to kill barred owls would not be the first time the federal government has authorized killing of one species to help another. California sea lions that feast on threatened salmon in the Columbia River have been killed in recent years after efforts to chase them away or scare them failed.

The U.S. Agriculture Department kills thousands of wild animals each year — mostly predators such as coyotes — to protect livestock. Other...

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Religion; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: barredowl; interiordepartment; kensalazar; spottedowl
Well, as long as they're not shooting them from helicopters...
1 posted on 02/28/2012 8:08:43 PM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Honestly, so much has been made of the Spotted Owl, that it’s a no-brainer that an upstart crow like the Barred Owl should be eliminated to make room for our little feathery favorite. I’m sure Darwin and Mother Nature approve. Cuteness should count for something, afterall.


2 posted on 02/28/2012 8:14:36 PM PST by perchprism (To those about to revolt, we salute you.)
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To: perchprism

Spots good...

...no spots bad.

3 posted on 02/28/2012 8:23:14 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

It is funny how the leftists who claim to believe in “natural selection” in theory oppose it in actual practice.


4 posted on 02/28/2012 8:38:55 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Hunton Peck

This stupid “administration” sees its task as interfering in everything - nature, the free market, peoples’ lives...a sort of earthly cretinous “deity”.


5 posted on 02/28/2012 8:43:30 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Meh. What’s the big deal? They both taste like chicken...


6 posted on 02/28/2012 8:51:01 PM PST by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Hunton Peck

The spotted owl and the barred owl are cousins and can interbreed. A year or so ago, I read an article on the two. The barred owl was on the east coast and moved west with the settlers. The spotted owl is a subspecies and is being displaced naturally even without logging. As someone in the article said, shooting barred owls is like shooting coyotes — you only temporarily lesson their numbers. Nature has its own leveling mechanism and killing one species to protect another will be an exercise in futility.


7 posted on 02/28/2012 8:52:01 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: Hunton Peck
Barred Owls? I thought they were talking about Whitey Owls.
8 posted on 02/28/2012 8:53:53 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (New Tagline under construction, please watch your step.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Leftists are truly insane


9 posted on 02/28/2012 9:00:10 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Hunton Peck
Make this call in the wild: Should Oregon shoot barred owls to save spotted owls?
10 posted on 02/28/2012 9:18:13 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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Maybe Øbama heard the spotted owl call his name
11 posted on 02/28/2012 9:41:02 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14

“Maybe Øbama heard the spotted owl call his name”

To the best of my knowledge, no owl has a cry sounding like “Here, queer, here queer’.


12 posted on 02/28/2012 10:16:16 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Hunton Peck
I wonder how the birds feel about being killed for other birds?

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13 posted on 02/29/2012 12:30:21 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (the whole reason we have elected officials is so we don't have to think all the time. -Homer Simpson)
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To: Hunton Peck

This is what happens when you have an administration full of eugenicists who believe in natural selection.


14 posted on 02/29/2012 4:30:01 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Hunton Peck

This is just another example of the Gubermint demonstrating that it alone is qualified to choose life’s winners.


15 posted on 02/29/2012 4:54:11 AM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Hunton Peck

This is just another example of the Gubermint demonstrating that it alone is qualified to choose life’s winners.


16 posted on 02/29/2012 4:54:21 AM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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