pstrongDid you know the federal government is trying to declare open season on barn owls and cattle egrets in Hawaii?/strong/ppThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published proposed rules that would allow state and federal agencies to euthanize egrets and also barn owls in Hawaii.img alt=”” src=”/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/barnowlegret.jpg” style=”width: 300px; margin: 8px; float: right; height: 150px;” //ppBoth birds are introduced species and the USFWS is claiming they are encroaching on native birds./ppThe public comment period on these proposed rules ended last month however a href=””you can sign a petition/a started by the Good Shepherd Foundation./ppIn the petition, The Good Shepherd Foundation explains that cattle egrets and barn owls are an important part of Hawaiirsquo;s environment, consuming large amounts of rodent and insect pests as they were meant to do when first introduced by the government to these islands back in the 1950prime;s. nbsp;They are protected by international migratory bird treaties, and are admired and prized by people wherever they are found./ppAlso contact the Lisa Hadway, administrator, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, and tell her you oppose the governmentrsquo;s plan. nbsp;You can also call her at 808-587-0166 or send an email to a href=”” ./pdivnbsp;/div