A Hard Choice of the Owl World May Mean Killing One Species to Save Another in Western Canada
Killing barred owls: Will it help save northern spotted owls from extinction?
by Kelly Zhou
Hunting and killing one owl to save another? This harrowing moral dilemma is playing out right now in the British Columbia hinterlands.
The Vancouver Sun reported on January 27 that northern spotted owls are on “the brink of extinction” in Canada, and to alleviate the problem, the government has begun to eliminate or relocate barred owls, which are dominating the spotted owl’s habitat in British Columbia.
According to some estimates, there may only be ten spotted owls left in the wild. The owls, which reside in southwestern British Columbia, compete with barred owls for prey and space. Barred owls, which are more aggressive, suppress spotted owls from vocalizing and mate with them to create hybrid offspring, according to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations…
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