Barred Owls and Wildlife Protection
We had 3 barred owls that live near our house on a lake. They
frequent a canal behind our house. I suspect a neighbor has killed one for
attempting to steal a fish he has caught. He has admitted to it to another
neighbor. I am furious at his behavior. I know they are protected. Who do I
report this to? I will look this weekend for the animal that was killed I am
told it is still in the area. Thanks for your input. "we" have 2 left and I
don't want anything to happen to them.
Three owls together means a family. Barred owls would not attempt to
take a fish if a person is nearby unless it was a young fledgling with little
experience. My guess is the two that are left are the adults. (I have worked
with Barred owls as part of a two year study). No, they will not nest again
until next winter.
Killing a Barred Owl is a shame for they are harmless for the most part in
relation to human activities. Their talons are too small for large prey and
they tend to focus on crayfish and mice size prey items.
The Florida Department of Natural Resources is the agency that regulates and
protects wildlife in your state. They will not be able to do anything at this
point, but they may come out and talk to the individual.
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Update: June 2012