Danny Westneat: Surprise attack on the spotted owl is Trump team's parting shot at Northwest

People have been expecting some more pardons as President Donald Trump barrels noisily off the stage. But this one feels, at least to local biologists, more like the surprise handing down of a death sentence. Last week, as people and politicians alike were consumed with the fallout of the Capitol riot, the Trump administration put out a “midnight regulation” — a sweeping rule change on your way out the door — that slams the Northwest’s signature, struggling northern spotted owl. “It’s likely to be the elimination of northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest,” says Dave Werntz, a forest ec…

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