Now that the logging industry in Northern California has been killed off, it turns out that it may all have been for nothing anyway, as the Northern Spotted Owl is still dying off - to the tune of a 40% drop in numbers in the last 25 years. In fact, another species of owl is now being lined up for sacrifice much the same way the loggers were... all to save the Northern Spotted Owl.
The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration is all set to begin killing Barred Owls because they have been taking over the lands occupied by the Spotted Owl.
Judging by the tone of the Post piece, I get the feeling that the reporter is trying to soften the landing of this shoe being dropped. At one point the reporter tries to justify the killing of the Barred Owls by pointing out that in the past, the federal government has killed one species in order to save another species:
The plan to kill barred owls would not be the first time the federal government has authorized killing of one species to help another. California sea lions that feast on threatened salmon in the Columbia River have been killed in recent years after efforts to chase them away or scare them failed.Here's the problem with that line of reasoning: We humans eat salmon, so there is a legitimate reason to beat back the onslaught of the sea lions. Spotted Owls, however, are not regularly on the menu... unless of course, as the old bumper sticker says, "I love spotted owls... especially fried in Quaker State!"
Happy Camp now relies on tourist dollars and swag from Uncle Sugar. I remember all the good people who moved away when the government caused the logging to dry up. What a shame that it turns out that this town was killed in vain.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson