PHOTO CREDIT: Dominik Mosur
Yesterday, i noticed a post on one of the Bay area birding lists about a barn owl that had perished and was hanging from a limb of a tall pine. My initial thought was that it had gotten entangled in something. I contacted the author of the post, a well known birder, for more information.
Sure enough, the bird had netting around its leg. What's worse... not only did the owl get tangled up in manmade debris then get caught in the tree and went days if not weeks without food but, apparently, no one realized the bird was in trouble and so no one called for help while it was alive.
We're hoping this story will make others more vigilant and quicker to report wild animals that may be in distress.