July 24, 2013
Barred owls compete with their smaller, less aggressive cousins, the spotted owl. The federal government plans to experiment in the Northwest with killing barred owls to see if spotted owls will benefit.
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Federal officials are planning to shoot and trap non-native barred owls in Kittitas County as part of an experiment to help their endangered cousin, the spotted owl.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal wildlife officials plan to dispatch armed bird specialists into forests of the Pacific Northwest starting this fall to shoot one species of owl to protect another that is threatened with extinction.