FWS Proposes ESA Protection for the California Spotted Owl

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its proposal to list two distinct population segments (DPSs) of the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). FWS proposes listing the Coastal-Southern California DPS as endangered, and listing the Sierra Nevada DPS as threatened. California spotted owl populations have plummeted because of logging and climate change. FWS will accept public comments on the proposed listings through April 24, 2023.