Using their keen eyesight and sense of hearing, Barred Owls typically sit and perch on a branch, surveying the ground beneath them for whatever morsel appears, small mammals and birds being at the top of their list during the winter, with more emphasis on amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates during the warmer months. 153 more words
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Biologists: Too soon to know if killing barred owls helps spotted owls (Capital Press, 4/18/17)
Effects of Experimental Removal of Barred Owls on Population Demography of Northern Spotted Owls in Washington and Oregon—2016 Progress Report (2017) United States Geological Survey
One of the lead researchers acknowledges the “gut-wrenching” dilemma of killing one species to benefit another.
Federal wildlife researchers killed 737 invasive barred owls in 2015-16 in an ongoing experiment to determine if removing them will aid the recovery of Northern spotted owls, the bird whose threatened status was at the center of the Pacific Northwest timber wars. 17 more words