Scientists study rat poison’s effects on the spotted owl

SPOTTED OWL

 

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Scientists are beginning a study to see if rat poison used by pot farms is contributing to the deaths of spotted owls in Southern Oregon and Northern
California.

Two spotted owls found dead in Northern California tested positive for poison.

Loss of old growth forest habitat and the invasion of the barred owl remain their number one threat, and their numbers continue to decline, but scientists believe rat poison may be a significant contributor as well.





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