Here’s a question for “progressives” in California: Which is more important to you, 1) protecting the northern spotted owl from extinction, or 2) recreationally puffing on a giant doobie?

That’s a tough one, dudes. When the northern spotted owl was threatened by the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest, it was an easy choice for industry-hating liberal environmentalists to go with the owls (and, of course, the trees), so the logging industry in that region was pretty much shut down. The northern spotted owls are still with us, but now they face an additional threat related to the many thousands of pot farms, mostly non-permitted, dotting the California agricultural landscape.

As it happens, rats love to eat marijuana plants. Perhaps this is because they enjoy the high, but I must admit I haven’t researched that. Anyway, pot is apparently like catnip to them, and they’ve chewed through acres of cultivated cannabis in what used to be timberland in Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte counties. (One might even speculate that rats get the munchies, causing them to devour even more marijuana and exacerbating the problem!) According to a study by the University of California Davis, these really stoned hippie rats also eat rat poison that has been put out for them by the marijuana growers, who, surprisingly, are not that much into organic farming. With all the marijuana these growers presumably smoke, they’re still not mellow enough to let rats eat up their profits, so the rats must go.

And when northern spotted owls eat rats that have eaten poison, they ingest the poison. Murder most fowl.


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The study determined that the same thing is happening to barred owls, which, paradoxically, were deliberately killed by the thousands during 2014-2018 by order of the Fish & Wildlife Service because they were thought to be competing too much with northern spotted owls. This slaughter was referred to as an “experiment.” Gosh, if only biologists could come up with a rat poison that killed barred owls and spared northern spotted owls, they could “balance” nature just as they’d like. (Hey, they think they can control the climate; why not this?) But until they can, marijuana growers will continue indiscriminately killing off birds of prey, which, ironically, are one of nature’s best forms of rodent control.

So, back to the original question: Which is more important to you pot-toking “progressives” –- the northern spotted owl or the Rocky Mountain high? Your ideology can be confounding, but at least a little weed takes the edge off for you.

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  • Leroy Becker

    01/15/2018 04:22 PM

    We lived in Oregon during the time when the spotted owl shut down logging in the National forests, but did not appear to shut down logging in the private forests owned by the big corporations, simply because apparently no owls were found there. The result was that lumber prices doubled overnight, and the small sawmills shut down with thousands of lost jobs when they lost their supply of logs which came from the National forests.
    Was this an alliance between big timber and the back to nature pot smokers? Today, there are thousands of big trees in the National forests that have dead tops blown out due to storms. These big trees have a lifespan, and with several feet of rain (60 - 100 inches) every winter, the core of trees with a dead top will rot clear to the ground while still standing. Today, In the big timber there is lots of fuel for wildfires. ("Oregon Tan" is another name for Rust!)
    These owls can be raised in nesting boxes and do not need 640 acres of old growth timber for each nesting pair. Former President Clinton, in fulfilling an election promise, held a timber summit in Portland with numerous people in attendance. A county commissioner from Coos County put an owl nesting box in his pickup and drove to Portland to attend. He was not able to testify, because he was politically incorrect.

  • Leroy Becker

    01/15/2018 02:50 PM

    We lived in Oregon during the time when the spotted owl shut down logging in the National forests, but did not appear to shut down logging in the private forests owned by the big corporations, simply because apparently no owls were found there. The result was that lumber prices doubled overnight, and the small sawmills shut down with thousands of lost jobs when they lost their supply of logs which came from the National forests.
    Was this an alliance between big timber and the back to nature pot smokers? Today, there are thousands of big trees in the National forests that have dead tops blown out due to storms. These big trees have a lifespan, and with several feet of rain (60 - 100 inches) every winter, the core of trees with a dead top will rot clear to the ground while still standing. Today, In the big timber there is lots of fuel for wildfires. ("Oregon Tan" is another name for Rust!)
    These owls can be raised in nesting boxes and do not need 640 acres of old growth timber for each nesting pair. Former President Clinton, in fulfilling an election promise, held a timber summit in Portland with numerous people in attendance. A county commissioner from Coos County put an owl nesting box in his pickup and drove to Portland to attend. He was not able to testify, because he was politically incorrect.

  • Audrey Skarness

    01/15/2018 02:08 PM

    I had six sons. Four decided to start out on pot in their teens. Beside the pot, they sniffed, snorted, huffed, puffed, smoke, swallowed, injected any drug they could buy on the streets. I get to visit them all at one time now. They all reside in the same cemetery.
    So now let's all hear how great pot is for every one.

  • Jerry Brush

    01/15/2018 02:00 PM

    Well said! The irony is deep here.

  • Stan adams

    01/15/2018 08:23 AM

    What goes around comes around!
    Hilarious!