September 8, 2006
Environmental Activists Endanger Spotted Owls
Posted by Dave Blount at September 8, 2006 10:15 AM
Envirokooks love spotted owls, right? After all, they were willing to destroy 130,000 jobs in the Northwest in honor of the birds. But they love their obstructive lawsuits more.
As forest science professor Thomas Bonnicksen notes:
Activists again are filing lawsuits to stop forest management, and the government pays them to do it. They craft settlements that pay them handsomely with taxpayer money so that they can live well and file the next lawsuit. No wonder they are inflexible.
Their latest misdeed is a suit to prevent restoration thinning in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Ironically, they are using the California spotted owl and the Pacific fisher (something like an otter) in their arguments. Although neither is listed as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both will be in trouble if their habitat burns down — which is bound to happen if thinning of the forest is not allowed.
As Bonnicksen observes, it isn't only PETA that kills animals — forest fires do too:
Massive wildfires move so fast that flames can overtake animals like deer, bears and fishers before they escape. Streams boil and fish die. Ash fills burrows and suffocates ground dwellers. Smoke inhalation kills most animals before the flames reach them.
The spotted owls will be hit hard when Sequoia National goes up in smoke. Mexican spotted owls lost 90% of their habitat in New Mexico's Los Alamos fire.
You would think this would elicit tears of sympathy from tree-huggers. But apparently impeding constructive human activity is an end in itself, and takes priority over the well-being of wildlife.