Thursday, May 30, 2013

Poison from pot grows looked at in owl deaths in Humboldt County

Poison from pot grows looked at in owl deaths in Humboldt County - Catherine Wong/The Times-Standard


The researcher who determined that rat poison spread around illegal marijuana grows is harming the local Pacific fisher population is expanding his research from the soil to the skies.

”There have been more and more grow sites in the area, and they've never fully been investigated or documented,” Mourad Gabriel, senior ecologist and co-founder of the Integral Ecology Research Center in Blue Lake, said. “As researchers and scientists, we need to investigate to be sure what is going on.”

The UC Davis doctoral candidate is furthering his original research on Pacific fishers to include soil samples, invertebrates, other species of rodents and birds -- specifically the northern spotted owl.

Using a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Arcata, Gabriel said he is hoping to test around 90 owls on the North Coast -- with help from Green Diamond Resource Company and the California Academy of Sciences.

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