Strix occidentalis caurina endangering a mousey.

The Ninth Circuit reversed a summary judgment that upheld the validity of a Fish & Wildlife Service statement on the "taking" of northern spotted owls "incidental" to timber operations on federal land in the Pacific Northwest.  The court concluded that the agency’s "Incidental Take Statement" didn’t comply with the Endangered Species Act.  Environmental groups hooted the owl’s distinctive whoop wu-hu hoo cry in support (not really).  Oregon Natural Resources Council v. Allen, No. 05-38530 (9th Cir. Feb. 16, 2007).

The writing of this post did not injure any animals.

Barry Barnett

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