In a 'he said, she said' dispute, the Western Canada Wilderness Committe is accusing forestry officials and loggers of destroying a spotted owl nest. Only 22 spotted owls remain in Canada.
Regardless of the outcome of this accusation, the article correctly points out that, to date, the BC Government has done a non-existent job in ensuring the protection of this country's remaining owls. Instead of safeguarding the habitat required for the survival of the species, the BC Government has instead tabled a public relations campaign in the form of a temporary capture and release strategy that expires as soon as Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Games are over.
For survival, the spotted owl requires the protection of critical old-growth habitat, but while the BC government introduces band-aid solutions, they are continuing to log the forests these creatures need for survival.