"Canada announced a more full-throated response to the potential extinction of the owl within its borders and boost the species"
"There are only three known northern spotted owls left in the wild in Canada, including just one breeding pair. Their chicks have on occasion been taken for a captive breeding program, to try and boost the species’ prospects.
Now Canada and British Columbia have announced a more full-throated response to the potential extinction of the owl within the country’s borders. In tandem with the breeding scheme, the province will enforce a one-year halt to logging in the few remaining old-growth forests that the owl favors, until more permanent protections can be instituted.
The local Spô’zêm First Nation, in southern British Columbia, was part of the announcement, calling it a “monumental step”.
The Spô’zêm chief, James Hobart, explained that northern spotted owls, also called skelúleɁ, are considered messengers, and their health is indicative of the health of the rest of the environment."