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The United States is preparing to control an invasive species that threatens another endangered species

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The endangered spotted owl

The spotted owl is an endangered species on the west coast of the United States. However, its survival is threatened by the presence of an invasive species: the barred owl. Faced with this situation, the country’s environmental authorities have proposed a controversial plan to control the population of the barred owl and thus protect the spotted owl.

The elimination plan

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a plan to eliminate 450,000 barred owls in the states of Oregon, Washington and California. This plan will be carried out over thirty years and aims to reduce the presence of the barred owl in spotted owl habitats.

Removal methods

The plan includes attracting barred owls by recording the calls of this species and then shooting them down. To carry out this population reduction, there will be the collaboration of government agencies, landowners, native tribes and specialized companies.

Controversy and criticism

The decision to cull nearly half a million barred owls has drawn criticism from some conservation organizations. Although some entities accept this method as a necessary measure to protect the spotted owl, others disavow it, arguing that the continuous arrival of new specimens will cause the operation to fail.

Conclusions

The barred owl removal plan in the United States seeks to protect the spotted owl, an endangered species. Although this measure has generated controversy, environmental authorities consider it necessary to guarantee the survival of the spotted owl in its range. The plan will be carried out over thirty years and will use methods of attracting and eliminating barred owls.

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