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Why The Spotted Owl Is Ready For 'Endangered' Status

The northern spotted owl is on a slow but steady course toward extinction.
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The northern spotted owl is on a slow but steady course toward extinction.

Environmental groups are ringing the alarm bells about the fate of the northern spotted owl. The small bird that lives in old growth forests has been cast as the enemy of the timber industry since it first went on the federal endangered species list as "threatened" 30 years ago.

The numbers keep dropping, and the feds recently admitted the owl should now be listed as "endangered". But it won't be, because other creatures are in even greater danger.

We assemble a team of experts who know forests and owls: Dominick DellaSalla of Wild Heritage, Monica Bond of Wild Nature Institute, and Penn State University researcher Derek Lee. They talk about the state of the owl and what needs to change to improve it.

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