Spotted Owl VS Barred Owl
It’s a wrenching decision that splits wildlife biologists and environmentalists. Killing one native animal to benefit another — especially a “big, beautiful raptor, a fantastic bird,” as one biologist puts it — is such a leap that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hired an environmental ethicist to guide its discussions.
The phrase “Robbing Peter to pay Paul” comes to mind when considering a new plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save the endangered Northern spotted owl.
That plan: shoot barred owls–a principal competitor of the spotted owl.
Though the USFWS policy hasn’t officially been released yet, reports that it’s likely to include a strategy to kill off between 1,200 and 1,500 barred owls from northern California through Oregon and Washington:
Update on the Federal Plan:
Barred Owl vs Spotted Owl