The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will experiment with shooting barred owls in Northwest forests to keep these aggressive birds from crowding out their more genteel cousins, the federally protected northern spotted owls.
The proposal will take effect in 2014 if it wins approval within the next 30 days. Read more…
The Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t spell out in Tuesday’s announcement how it would “lethally” remove barred owls. But it does in its environmental impact statement:
The plan calls for luring the owls with recorded calls and shooting them, or lure them with recorded calls and catch them in nets or other traps. The report calls this “as humane and efficient as possible.”
The nonlethal removal method is described as using a recorded call and catching the barred owls in nets or other traps so they could be eventually transported to “permanent facilities or release locations.”