Letters to the Editor

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SPOTTED OWL: Jobs lost on bogus science

In the April 6 “Looking Back 25 Years” feature, the story was of how politicians and industry were working to define how jobs and science regarding the spotted owl could co-exist. Now, 25 years later, we know the spotted owl “won,” and jobs “lost.”

The story led me to look up the most current “science” regarding the population of said owl. I found the following report from the 2005 state Department of Fish and Wildlife: “The primary causes of mortality for juveniles appear to be starvation and predation. The single study conducted on habitat use during dispersal indicates that spotted owls made substantial

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OWLS: Don’t wage war on barred owls

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

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