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PostWed Dec 06, 2023 7:33 am 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to enlist shooters to kill more than 500,000 non-native barred owls over the next 30 years in the Pacific Northwest to preserve habitat for northern spotted owls, a protected species. Assuming complete implementation of the proposal, an initial cull of about 20,000 barred owls would occur in the first year. Then, an annual reduction of 13,397 birds a year in the first decade of the program; 16,303 a year in the second decade and 17,390 birds each year in the third decade, in parts of Washington, Oregon and California — 11 to 14 million acres in all. The weapon of choice would be a large-bore shotgun and night scopes as needed for work in darkness or low light. When gunfire is too dangerous near people, capture and euthanasia would be substituted. Any landowner or land manager may ask the agency to let them remove the owls under the agency’s protocol, training specifications and permit. The removal season is recommended during late spring through midsummer and fall. Shooters are directed to lure the owls with a recording of another owl’s call. When a barred owl comes within 30 yards and is stationary, they would shoot to kill. The goal is not to kill every barred owl in the West but to strategically take pressure off spotted owls where possible. At the most, about 30% of the barred owl population in the range of the northern spotted owl would be killed. “We know we can’t fully eradicate them, but we know we can create [refuge] areas with much lower barred owl density that allows spotted owls to survive and thrive,” Lee said. “Are we going to do more harm than good? Do we really want a bunch of people in the woods shooting at what are otherwise protected birds?” said Bob Sallinger, executive director of Bird Conservation Oregon, a nonprofit he started after retiring from 30 years of bird advocacy at Portland Audubon. The draft environmental impact statement can be read here at the agency’s website. A 60-day public comment period began Nov. 17 and closes Jan. 16. Information on how to submit comments is available at www.regulations.gov by searching under docket number FWS-R1-ES-2022-0074. The Service will host an informational virtual public meeting on Dec. 14 from 6-8 p.m. Pacific Time. This meeting will focus on management within the range of California spotted owls. A link and access instructions to the virtual meetings will be posted at www.fws.gov/office/oregon-fish-and-wildlife at least one week before the public meeting date. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/feds-propose-shooting-one-owl-to-save-another-in-pacific-northwest/

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PostWed Dec 06, 2023 9:05 am 
I suppose there must be data showing that Spotted Owls will not be drawn to a Barred Owl call. Because you sure as hell can't tell them apart by sight!

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PostWed Dec 06, 2023 9:07 am 
Ya, here's an image from the article:

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PostWed Dec 06, 2023 9:31 am 
This is old news. Something that has been talked about for several years, if not a decade or more. zzz.gif

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PostWed Dec 06, 2023 12:38 pm 
It’ll never happen

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PostWed Dec 06, 2023 4:10 pm 
I’ve seen both in daylight. At night? I’ve only ever used a night scope one time and that was years ago. I don’t know.

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PostWed Dec 06, 2023 6:40 pm 
You are supposed to tell those apart through nightvision or a thermal scope? Ahahaha. Classic government planning, this one.

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PostFri Dec 08, 2023 8:32 am 
I cannot imagine why this is seen as a problem. Just bring in some mongooses to deal with the issue. up.gif

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PostFri Dec 08, 2023 9:22 pm 
Lots of these beautiful birds in the Issy Alps. Saw this one tonight on Coug. A few months ago three of them took turns squaking at me on Squak for a few minutes.

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PostSat Dec 09, 2023 12:04 am 
just bring in the mongoose! worked in Hawaii!

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