Magazine article Insight on the News

Whatever Happened To

Magazine article Insight on the News

Whatever Happened To

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The spotted owl? Remember that cute little critter that became a symbol for putting loggers out of business in the Pacific Northwest'? There was a time when the darling creature seemed to have become our national pet and then -- poof! -- it went the way of the snail darter. It's probably a matter off taste. The Briefs Bunker got only a few requests, maybe 25, when we offered copies of our recipe for spotted-owl stew. But imagine if we had offered a salmon recipe.

So, back to the spotted owl. A report in the Oregonian newspaper says forest activists are alarmed because the critter still is in decline. Nests now are monitored by the Bureau of Land Management and young birds are given ankle bracelets -- one band for the monitoring project and another for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The decline may be a short-term thing. Scientists said it would take a while -- maybe 40 years, maybe 100 years -- for the forests to tumble and tangle to where the owls would feel al home and get on with repopulating. …

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