Biologists Are Killing Barred Owls To Protect Rare Spotted Owl Species

Posted: Mar 2 2016, 9:07am CST | by , Updated: Mar 2 2016, 9:08pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Biologists are Killing Barred Owls to Protect Rare Spotted Owl Species
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  • Biologists fight the battle against the Barred Owls to Preserve the Spotted Owl Species

Biologists are carrying out a conservation operation against the Barred Owl as they pose a threat to the already endangered Spotted Owl.

Owls have been a source of curiosity and speculation among masses for its part is history and lore and its appearance. One has to know that there are various species of owl and all of them are not the same.

The spotted owls have been migrating to the south in Dallas and southern America from Canada after its own habitat has been cut down by lumber companies.

The loss of habitat resulted in making the species endangered. There was a chance that they might have found safe haven in America which has been preserving wildlife habitats, but this species faced a much local threat from one of its own family.

The barred owl, big and dominating owls that are essentially bullies. They have been competing with the spotted owls and capturing their territory, chasing the smaller species out.

Barred owls have become the number one threat to the spotted owl species. The smaller species was at threat of extinction when the biologists intervened.

The appropriate solution to the problem was taken out to be conservation. Lowell Diller, a biologist working with Jack Dumbacher, curator of the California Academy of Sciences Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy embarked on a mission, sanctioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, kills one bird to protect another.

What does conservation means? Killing another species to preserve another. This has been the case in this experiment that Diller has been sanctioned to do.

In this experiment Diller has systematically killed over a hundred barred owls in specifically assigned areas. This was to see if killing barred owls have helped in the propagation of the spotted owls.

It has not been an easy experience for Diller who said that as a biologist, it has been hard for him to kill these birds. He said that he is going to need a lot of therapy after the experiment will be over.

The results have been positive. The spotted owls have been safe by eradication of the barred owls and Diller has said that he will soon publish his findings in form of a research in the Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife Monographs.

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