Re: “Can shotguns save the spotted owl?” (editorial, 8-2).
As a past resident of very rural Pierce County, I am extremely disappointed to have read that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a “war” on the barred owl.
I was a constant walker and runner around the Alder Lake area, and I noticed that the biggest issue with the decline of the spotted owl was traffic – not the barred owl but the large trucks and other modes of motorized transportation. At one time there was an outright war on the spotted owl in that area, with even bumper stickers which read something like, “Eat the spotted owl, they taste like chicken.” If people saw a spotted owl near the road, it was fair game to kill it. I have seen this with my own eyes.
As the number of proposed owl kills is so massive, it will definitely impact the way these owls keep pests like field mice, rats and other vermin in check. Nature has evolved because of humanity’s impact on this planet. This whole proposed idea is fraught with consequences.
The creatures are ours to protect. Humans have created this condition of the owls, and this slaughter will be another blunder by officials whohave made very poor decisions. I hope the FWS wakes up before it’s too late.