Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida), Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, 2015.
The Gila Wilderness is home to the largest population of the Mexican sub-species of the spotted owl. Spotted owls are long-lived, documented at reaching up to 17 years. Average annual survival rate is over 80% for adults! Unfortunately, however, the spotted owl is near threatened with a decreasing trend in many of its populations. Habitat loss through timber harvesting is recognized as the main threat, though competition with the barred owl may also contribute to this decline.
U.S. National Park Service
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