Years ago Spotted Owl habitat was a big issue. In order to cure the so-called loss of prime habitat for this owl large areas of old growth timber were declared off limits to logging as it is with all protected species. The enviro's declaring that was what was needed to protect the owl, more recently it's shoot the Barred Owl as the Spotted Owl can't compete.
This resulted in tens of thousands lost jobs in the forest products industry, towns going from thriving to being on life support & prices driven higher all the way through the chain causing money to be spent for a more precious product. So now there is just more fuel for the forest fires.
The other night the boss calls to me to come & look at this - turns out to be a Spotted Owl sitting on a snag on our wood pile less than 50' from our house. We live in an open field woodsy area that has been logged at least 3 times in the last 150 years, there is no old growth around.
So if the experts are right, why are there any Spotted Owls in our neighborhood? & if the experts are not right, who suffered because of that, certainly not the experts?
Just to be sure I cut off the end of the snag that the Owl roosted on for storage & potential positive DNA verification. Everyone knows only the experts are right .