Pombo Comments on Fish and Wildlife Service Decision Regarding
the California Spotted Owl
February 10, 2003
Washington, D.C. - House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo
commented on the decision today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
that the California spotted owl does not warrant protection under
the Endangered Species Act.
"Basing the decision on the best scientific information available,
the Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the California spotted
owl was neither endangered nor threatened," Chairman Pombo stated.
This should be good news for everyone involved -- most especially
the California spotted owl, a healthy species which exists in great
"We need to continue to work on a legislative solution with George
Miller, Nick Rahall and others to guarantee that these decisions are
made in the best interest of our nation's wildlife," he added.
The study, mandated by a Federal court order to be determined by today's
date, consisted of a 12-month review of all scientific and commercial
information available, as required by the Endangered Species Act.
The California spotted owl, one of three subspecies of spotted owls,
is currently recognized as a sensitive species by U.S. Forest Service.
The California Department of Fish and Game lists the California spotted
owl as a species of special concern.
Contact: Doug Heye - 202-225-1947
Tracey Shifflett - 202-226-9019