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Under proposed legislation, great horned owl to be taken off list of unprotected birds in Minnesota

Article Date: 2005-03-17   Source:   Comments: 1

By T.W. Budig

St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. - A wide-eyed visitor took in the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday (March 17) perched on glove hand.

Alice, a great horned owl from the Houston Nature Center, took center stage at the committee because of legislation carried by Rep. Ray Cox, R-Northfield, which will remove the owl from the list of unprotected birds in Minnesota.

Currently, great horned owls are the only predators found on the list of unprotected birds, explained Karla Kinstler, a naturalist from the nature center. Cox's bill would take the owl off the list.

Kinstler explained to the committee that because federal law has the great horned owl as protected, and Minnesota law does not, confusion exists - even within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - about the bird's legal status in the state.

It's hoped the change in state law will lend the bird more protection.

Great horned owls, knicknamed "tigers with wings" because of their voracious appetites and willingness to prey on larger mammals, even skunks, may measure 25-inches tall and weigh as much as five pounds.

They range from Alaska to the tip of South America.

A single great horned may eat as many as 4,000 mice a year, according to the DNR.

Great horns nest in January to February, often taking over old crow or squirrel nests.

Alice started her life a natural center owl by falling out of a rotting squirrel's nest atop a pine tree in Wisconsin, permanently injuring herself in the fall.

Great horns lay one to five eggs in March, with the chicks hatching about a month later.

The owls are known for their memorable whoo-hoo-ho-o-o call.

They're also a bird of folklore, people walking through the dark woods becoming alarmed and frightened by the distant sound of a crying child. The sound actually comes from the owl.

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On 2012-01-21, from guthrie okla wrote: "i have a horned owl nesting at the back of my property tryin to make sure the neighbor doesnt remove the tree not sure who i need to make aware of her (i enjoy her )thanks"

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