Don’t Allow US Government to Exterminate Barred Owl Populations

Target: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: To support the notion that Barred owls should be relocated, not killed, in order to restore the Northern Spotted Owl population.

The Northern Spotted Owl is already famous in the United States. This species of owl is a victory for environmental groups—the need to protect this owl overcame the demands of logging industries in the Northwest, allowing the Northern Spotted Owl’s Habitat to be maintained. However, another species of bird is now threatened by a movement to preserve the Spotted Owl.

The Barred Owl is not listed on the threatened species list. In fact, in the past several decades, the Barred Owl has been holding up quite well. Populations of these birds have even moved into the Northern Spotted Owl’s territory. There is a natural competition between the two animals—the Barred Owl is not an invasive species, but it does compete with the Spotted Owl for food.

The US Fish and Wildlife service has decided to take steps in order to protect Spotted Owl populations. Unfortunately, one of the proposed measures is the extermination of Barred Owl populations. It is estimated that anywhere between three hundred and nine thousand Barred Owls could be killed under the most recent conservation proposal.

The Barred Owl is not guilty of any crime. It was not introduced into the area by humans—it has simply adapted better to the changing conditions caused by humans. There are multiple ways to save Spotted Owl populations—including the safe relocation of the Barred owl to different areas, and setting aside more areas of protected forest. Labeling the Barred Owl as an evil creature has concerned many environmentalists, who claim that traditional effective conservation methods have helped Spotted owl populations significantly.

Let the US government know that you support their motions to protect the Northern Spotted Owl—but only if non-lethal methods are used. If Barred Owl populations must be removed, they should be relocated to captivity or other areas of forest in humane ways, not exterminated.

Dear Mr. Paul Henson, Oregon State Supervisor for United States Fish and Wildlife Service :

While I support the protection of Northern Spotted Owl populations, the extermination of Barred Owl populations within the area is not the way to go about it. The competition between the Barred and Spotted owl is a natural one. The Barred Owl is not guilty of any crime. It was not introduced into the area by humans—it has simply adapted better to the changing conditions caused by humans. There are multiple ways to save Spotted Owl populations—including the safe relocation of the Barred owl to different areas, and setting aside more areas of protected forest.

If Barred Owl populations must be removed, they should be captured using humane practices and relocated to different areas. Exterminating one species of bird in order to preserve another only further disrupts the balance of nature.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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  1. Why should Barred Owls be punished for being better at adapting?

  2. BASTA !!

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