Chain saws in the owl habitat.

Author:Scheer, Roddy
Position:Brief article
 
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August 19, 2008

The Bush administration last week announced that it would cut the amount of land designated as critical habitat for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl by some 23%. The administration claims other threats besides logging are responsible for the bird's falling population numbers. Spotted owl numbers are dropping by 4% annually as a result of wildfires and invasion of habitat by the more aggressive barred owl, as well as by continued logging.

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Environmentalists are protesting the decision, as they say critical habitat is key to maintaining the bird's population. They say the decision will allow for a marked increase in logging in old growth forests throughout Northern...

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