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July 24, 2013
Federal wildlife officials plan to send hunters to kill barred owls in Pacific Northwest.
They plan to kill 3,603 barred owls in Oregon, Washington and Northern California.
Federal wildlife officials plan to dispatch hunters into forests of the Pacific Northwest to shoot barred owls to protect spotted owls that are threatened with extinction.
The Fed wants to see if killing barred owls will allow northern spotted owls to reclaim territory they've been driven out of over the past half-century.
Neither the timber industry nor the Audubon Society was pleased with it.
"Shooting a few isolated areas of barred owl isn't going to help us as forest managers, nor is it going to help the forest be protected from wildfires, and catastrophic wildfire is one of the big impediments to spotted owl recovery," said Tom Partin, president of the American Forest Resource Council, a timber industry group.
Henson said the service has yet to work out details of how barred owls will be killed, whether by government hunters from the U.S. Agriculture Department's Wildlife Services, or by contract hunters.
The favored method involves luring the birds with a recording of a barred owl call, then shooting them with a shotgun when they fly in to drive out the intruders.
Hunting would start this fall on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California, where the locations of barred and spotted owls are well-known, Henson said.
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