Date: 6/30/18 1:38 pm From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy...> Subject: [NHBirds] Why owls might suffer in a cashless society
There is a recent article on BBC Capital, *The strange reason owl theft may be on the rise*, which suggests the the movement towards a cashless society may be moving thieves towards selling protected species in order to get cash. They cite as an example that last year in Sweden only 2% of all transitions were made in cash and that there are countries where owning a bird of prey is a status symbol. One example given is that an adult Great Grey Owl can be sold for more than $112,000. Orchids are another protected species that will bring back a lot of money.