Owlets rescued by sheriff's deputy
Article Date: 2011-04-05 Source: http://www.sbsun.com
By Jesse B. Gill
Mentone, California, U.S.A. - Seven baby owls are back with their mother after a San Bernardino
County sheriff's deputy, during a routine traffic stop on Monday, found them in
The deputy pulled over a driver at 11:39 a.m. on Chrysolite Avenue, east of San
Bernardino Avenue, in Mentone. The deputy found the young barn owls in a bucket
in the back of the vehicle.
The Sheriff's Department notified the Department of Fish and Game and the owls
were placed with a wildlife conservation group.
"The owls were handed over to a wildlife conservation group, who were going to
assist in returning the owls to their proper place," said sheriff's spokeswoman
The driver of the vehicle was not taken into custody, she said.
The Sheriff's Department contacted Lenore Will, 64, of Yucaipa, an animal
rehabilitation specialist, to return the owls to their nest in a cement bunker
in the Santa Ana River wash, where the man said he'd found them.
"There are 15 to 20 bunkers out there where they used to do rocket testing,"
A deputy joined Wills as the man who took the barn owls led them to the spot
where he found them. Wills put the baby birds back in the nest, she said.
"One of the biggest myths is that parent birds won't take the babies after
they've been handled and that's not true," she said. "Almost always, if they
blow out of the nest, you can take them back and they'll be fine."
Wills visited the bunker again Tuesday and said the mother owl shooed her off -
a good sign that the mother accepted her young back into the nest.
"I'm so happy that the mother took them back," Wills said.
Fish and Game officials will conduct an investigation into why the man had the
owls, Miller said.
"He said he was going to sell them to a pet shop," Wills said.
The owls are illegal to possess but the man who found them was not arrested,
Wills said she informed the man that all but two California birds - the English
sparrow and the starling - are protected by federal laws.
"I reminded (the man) that it can be a felony for messing with birds like that,"
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