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Barred Owl

Barred Owl © Adam Finch

Known as the Hoot Owl to some, the Barred Owl is a distinctive owl in Alberta due to it's dark brown eyes, whereas all others in the province have yellow eyes.

It is also known by it's call sounding like "who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all!"

This male was admitted to the centre after being found hanging on barbed wire by one of our supporters in Drayton Valley.  They promptly cut the owl off of the wire and brought him to us, where he is now being treated for stress.

Owls often hit barbed wire while hunting and travelling around during the night.  After being tangled the owls will struggle to try and free themselves and make the situation worse, which is true in this case.  Unfortunately for this owl, 90% of the wing in question has died.  If the owl stabilises we will make a decision as to whether to put him with our two permanent Barred Owl females.

If you required fencing on your property, think about replacing barbed wire with barbless, high-tensile wire; this way the birds will bounce off the fence instead of getting stuff and maiming themselves.

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