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Clallam Democrats opposing owl plan

March 20th, 2012 - 7:44am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County's Democratic party is going on record against a plan to hunt barred owls.

The party's executive board voted to support a resolution opposing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's proposal to implement an experimental program to hunt hundreds of barred owls on an annual basis. The proposal to exterminate barred owls across the Pacific Northwest is part of a wider program to bolster the populations of the barred owl's closely related species, the Northern spotted owl. The barred owl commonly interbreeds with spotted owls.

But party leaders says that's a cruel and unworkable solution to the problem in the long run. Clallam County Democratic Party chair Matthew Randazzo says the party believes you can't legislate the natural advantages the barred owl enjoys over the spotted owl and nature will take its course.

The Fish & Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on the proposed plan online until June 6.

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