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FoA defends Northern spotted and barred owls

June 06, 2017 | Barred Owls / Wildlife Law Program


Shockingly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is actually giving timber companies and the Oregon Department of Forestry the green light to kill and harass Northern spotted owls, the same birds who it claimed to be “protecting” in the summer of 2013 when it started shooting barred owls as part of an “experiment” to save them.

Friends of Animals is once again taking the agency to task for its backward thinking and for coddling the timber industry at the expense of the Northern spotted owl and the barred owl. 

In a June 2 lawsuit, Friends of Animals challenged USFWS’ Enhancement of Survival Permits, which expand the horrific barred owl removal experiment to private and Oregon state lands. (Almost 450 barred owls have already been killed as part of a misguided strategy to save the imperiled Northern spotted owl.) In exchange for allowing the federal government permission to kill barred owls on private land, the federal government, through the permits, is giving private property owners a 10- to 15-year pass to take Northern spotted owls who may return on their property.

FoA has always recognized the significance of the barred owl removal plan and how it cuts a massive exception to the stringent protections once provided under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for species like the barred owl. We will continue to go to the wall to restore such protections and to ensure that the Endangered Species Act and National Environment Protection Act are not violated.






Shooting barred owls as part of an “experiment” to save them. Only in the USA do will alway let timber companies kill and forget about any protections for the owls

As a citizen who votes, I say protect the owls!

Please save these owls

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