Despite Protections, Spotted Owl Still at Risk

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The barred owl, left, and the Northern Spotted Owl, right.

The barred owl, left, and the Northern Spotted Owl, right. National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hide caption

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Even after years of protection as an endangered species, the Northern Spotted Owl is still at risk of extinction. Logging companies and some government biologists say the Barred Owl — an aggressive interloper from the East Coast — is pushing the meeker spotted owls out of their nesting areas. Others say the timber industry is trying to make the Barred Owl the scapegoat for the industry's weak habitat-protection efforts.

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