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Some owls struggling to find preySubmitted: 02/15/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen
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dhagen@wjfw.com

Some owls struggling to find prey
MINOCQUA, WISCONSIN -
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.

Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.


"They're looking for an easy meal between roadkill and between having those rodents that will come up on that roadway," said Schirmer. "They'll try to pick off that meal which makes them more susceptible to things like being hit by a car."

Schirmer recommends calling your local wildlife center if you see an owl more than once or twice. They may even ask you to capture the animal, but be sure to call in for advice on how to do this.


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