Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Obama Administration to Shoot Barred Owls to Save Spotted Cousins

Sometimes the U.S. government just makes you want to go: Huh?

In those cases, it’s usually easier to just quote the original news coverage on the subject, since there’s only so many ways you can describe the insanity that goes on in Washington D.C. and elsewhere in the country’s legislative system. So, without further ado, from the Washington Post:

“To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside.

“The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago.

“The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protest the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline – a 40 percent slide in 25 years.

“A plan announced Tuesday would designate habitat considered critical for the bird’s survival, while allowing logging to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and to create jobs. Habitat loss and competition from barred owls are the biggest threats to the spotted owl.”

Again: Huh?

Completely setting aside the irony that nature is destroying nature despite humans ridiculously restricting humans to save nature, why in the world is the government interfering at all?

When it comes down to it, who cares about the spotted owl? Isn’t this the survival of the fittest taught so fervently in public school classrooms? Isn’t this natural? Won’t things right themselves out in the end like they always do, with life going on despite mankind’s machinations?

The answers should be obvious, but our government is filled with brain-dead bureaucrats and has been for some time. President Obama’s isn’t the only administration to use its power so foolishly. His predecessor tried to implement a similar plan, which was tossed out in court.

In addition, “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.

“The U.S. Agriculture Department kills thousands of wild animals each year — mostly predators such as coyotes — to protect livestock. Other animals, including bears, wolves and raccoons also are killed through the program.”

Essentially, at least in the spotted owl case, we’re wasting time, money and resources trying to manipulate life to a degree that will ultimately fail and make us all look like fools as it does.

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