A single spotted owl roosting in an old-growth tree in British Columbia won a reprieve yesterday when a British Columbia Supreme Court judge overturned permits given to the Cattermole Timber company to log the area where the tree stands. Enviros believe the province’s forestry ministry gave short shrift to a warning from the environment ministry that the area is owl habitat. Their court victory may be short-lived, however — the judge sent the matter back to the forestry ministry for it to be reconsidered before the summer is out.

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