A recent essay in the magazine Conservation by science writer Warren Cornwall called " In places like western Washington, the spotted owl population has been cut in half since the barred owl showed up. The barred owl may be as much of a threat to spotted owls as the cutting of old growth forest. Barred owls are larger than ... Daniel Young: Clips and Podcasts Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls? Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls? Let's Stop Bloody Conservation Practices by M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer Wildlife officials have announced a plan to send hunters into the woods to kill one species of owl to save another in the Pacific Northwest this fall, but some To save the spotted owl, USFWS is planning to remove the competition. Seven of 10 spotted owls and 34 of 84 barred owls collected between 2009 and 2013 tested positive for anticoagulant rodenticides, the study published Thursday in the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology shows. Killing barred owls in at least one test area did result in spotted owls returning to nest, but it isnt certain that the results will be equally effective in all areas. There is also concern that the plan may require barred owls to be shot year after year to keep their population low enough so as not to threaten the spotted owl. Killing One Owl Species To Save Another In the 1990s, the government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect spotted owls, but their numbers continue to decline. Biologists believe that's due to an invasion of barred owls. Spotted owl numbers have dropped as much as 80-percent in just the last 20 years. Problems From Hell - All of God's creatures have rights, includes both human and non-human animals EnvironMENTALists in Government Plan to Save the Spotted Owl by Killing Off Native N. American Barred Owls Barred owls are more adaptable than spotted owls, and compete for space and prey, according to the federal species at risk listing for the birds. An essay "There Will Be Blood" is a very important read for conservation debates The study showed that spotted owls returned to their original grounds. Problems From Hell - All of God's creatures have rights, includes both human and non-human animals Federal Plan to Save Spotted Owl: Shoot Barred ... to save the endangered Northern spotted owl. But killing barred owls has a lower price tag than, say, capturing a bunch of spotted owls and breed them in zoo populations. My take, following the basic tenet of compassionate conservation (see also this) that every individual animal matters, is that the barred owls shouldn't be killed. Make this call in the wild: Should Oregon shoot barred owls to save spotted owls? Protecting habitat hasn't stopped the spotted owl's decline. An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward Feds move ahead with plans to kill barred owls to save spotted owls. The barred owl may be as much of a threat to spotted owls as the cutting of old growth forest. The suit, brought by Friends of the Animals and Predator Defense, aimed to stop the U.S. Biologists at the U.S. Thats way more expensive, Bown says. So Mark and his research team are taking drastic action, by using recorded calls to lure the barred owls in, and shoot them.