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Logging puts spotted owl at risk


Experts estimate there are about a dozen spotted owls living in the wild in BC (Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
Experts estimate there are about a dozen spotted owls living in the wild in BC (Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )

Cheryl Santa Maria, Staff writer

February 22, 2012 — Logging activity in parts of British Columbia is putting one of Canada's most endangered species at further risk.

British Columbia's spotted owl population has been dwindling steadily for more than a decade, but recent logging in the Fraser Valley has exacerbated the problem.

The cleared-out forests have drastically reduced the prey and habitat space available to the owls - and many have starved as a result.

Spotted owls breed slowly, producing an average of two chicks each year. Experts estimate that there are about a dozen spotted owls left in British Columbia's forests.

Activists claim the logging is taking place in a designated wildlife habitat and have assembled near the site in protest.

With files from the Canadian Press

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