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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PGC--Did You See Any Dead Barn Owls?


HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife biologists are seeking information from the general public about dead barn owls that may have succumbed to starvation during the long periods of snow and ice that covered much of Pennsylvania this winter. Information can be submitted to the Game Commission’s Region Offices.

“Because of the length of time that much of the Commonwealth has had snow on the ground with a hard crust, barn owls have had an extremely difficult time attempting to catch meadow voles, which are their primary prey,” said Dan Mummert, Game Commission Southeast Region Wildlife Diversity Biologist and regional coordinator of the agency’s Barn Owl Conservation Initiative. “Therefore, we currently are in what is likely the highest annual period of mortality for these owls. We need landowners’ cooperation in reporting any dead barn owls, especially those barn owls that have been banded, so we can learn more about such things as fledgling dispersal, habitat usage, causes of mortality and average lifespan.” Read all.....

Northcentral Region Office, P.O. Box 5038, Jersey Shore, PA 17740. 570-398-4744. Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Union counties.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Seems they may want to focus on land owners reporting any deer sightings so they can reduce the doe permits sold.