Letter: Barred owls

January 24, 2014 

Just a few comments about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wanting to kill the barred owls.

A similar program was instituted around the ’30s or ’40s where the government determined Klamath Lake was infested with a type of carp. They tried to kill them but a few survived.

Fast forward about 30-40 years, and then the government determined they were endangered and shut off the water canals and pipelines to the farmers in the Tule Lake basin, some of the most fertile ground in the area. This put the livelihood of many families and towns in jeopardy.

And, about 20 years ago, they essentially destroyed much of the logging in Oregon because of the spotted owl.

Surprise, surprise, it didn’t help. Maybe logging wasn’t the culprit after all! But many families were financially destroyed because of their meddling.

Methinks the USF&W is in collusion with environmental extremist groups in an effort to keep the public from using our public lands.

It sounds like they are setting up the barred owl as the next excuse to shut off the forest and Northwest from public use in the future.

Instead of trying to manage, how about letting nature take its course?

LINDA BOOTS, Boise

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