Skip to comments.Northern spotted owl to stay on threatened species list, but isn't endangered, government says
Posted on 11/18/2004 6:45:15 PM PST by SmithL
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review said the spotted owl is still declining in numbers because of wildfires, logging on private land, the West Nile virus and the loss of territory to a more aggressive species, the barred owl.
The spotted owl has been listed as threatened since 1990. To help save it, the government in 1994 cut logging by more than 80 percent in the Northwest's national forests.
The wildlife service arranged for an outside review of the owl's status in response to a forest industry lawsuit in 2003.
The review said previous research found that the spotted owl population declined by about 3.7 percent per year from 1985 to 2003, most dramatically in Washington state. The overall population has not been estimated.
The review concluded the owl is not endangered, a more dire condition requiring greater effort to keep a species from becoming extinct.
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Off the list and on to the menu ? :-)
Tastes just like condor.
The biggest reason for the Northwest logging wars had nothing to do with the spotted owl. It was because the Senate Majority leader, Mitchell was from Maine. He wanted the lumber market for his state. Period.
Like aren't these critters, from the different groups, sometimes caught, in the open, in daylight, doing it?
And then the eggs hatch out one or the other? That's the same species you know!
c'mon barred owl, finish it off so we can log again
Now we have to start worrying about the endangered Western American Logger.
It's more of a brunch meal. Bloody Marys and such.
Thank you....it has a Lexington and Concord kind of ring to it. Feel free to use the expression at your discretion.
Hahahahaa, and we go great with brewski!
Seriously, I told my friend that should he decide to sign up for this site, he should use "the Desert Tortoise" for a name.
Thanks I will!
Not endangered anymore ? Heck I guess I'll have to switch to peringon falcon.
I am afraid if this owl starts going through a population boom, I will be scared. They like to eat ptarmigans.
Northern Spotted Owl
The 'Spotted Al(gore)' is becoming extinct in the political world. People have reported some sightings, but the species has not re-established itself.
This little bird makes me want to cry every time I see it. Im from a small logging/farming community in the northeast corner of California, and my community was wiped out by politicians from Sacramento and environmentalist from Berkley.
They came up and told us that we were destroying the environment, and they were going to put a stop to it. They did! At the time, people didnt believe it. Community leaders said, These city slickers cant tell us what to do or look at their cities, paved over, trees cut down and replaced with parking lots. But they put a stop to small town life, small town tradition, and small town culture. They destroyed small town values.
Generations of hardworking families were reduced to welfare recipients over night. Now their children have no jobs and no futures in the town. They seem to either leave, or turn to drugs. Generates of hard working people turned into government dependents.
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How can you tell how much something has decliced if you don't know how much there is to start with?
Rights, farms, environment ping.
Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this list.
I don't get offended if you want to be removed.
Some logging family in my home town handed out a picture of a spotted owl nesting in a K-mart sign. They were trying to prove to the environmentist that the owls didn't need a dark quite place to nest. Unfortunity the environmentist had already made up their minds, and didn't need any hillbilly to tell them about the environment.
If anyone has seen this picture, I would love to get a link to it. I tried to google it, but had no luck. Please help.
Googling didn't pick it up for me either.
I see they wauted till after the election to tell the rural areas that the administration was not gonna relax any enviro regs...keeps the red areas red don'tcha know.