Letters to the Editor

July 31, 2013

Species control a 'disturbing practice'

I can't quite get my head around killing one species to save another (July 24 news story). I know this practice is done many times to many species like the European starling, brown- headed cow bird and the valley red fox.

I can't quite get my head around killing one species to save another (July 24 news story). I know this practice is done many times to many species like the European starling, brown- headed cow bird and the valley red fox. In the case of killing the barred owl to save the spotted owl, do we really know what the outcome will be?

After destroying a lot of the old- growth forest that is the habitat of the spotted owl, have we waited too late? What really happens when we kill 3,603 barred owls in four study areas (Oregon, Washington and Northern California) in the next four years? Permission from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act must be obtained because it is illegal to kill these owls. It is a disturbing practice.

NANCY HAYDOCK

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