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Montreal Gazette - Feeding wild owls may be fun, but it's very harmful

Published: 15 Feb 2012

(McGill's David Bird): Today, it is common practice for bird-watchers and bird photographers to attract snowy owls, hawk owls and possibly other boreal owls into proximity with the intention of getting that prizewinning shot.

(McGill's David Bird): Today, it is common practice for bird-watchers and bird photographers to attract snowy owls, hawk owls and possibly other boreal owls into proximity with the intention of getting that prizewinning shot.

They simply throw a live mouse procured from a pet shop on the top of the snow crust within plain view of the owl and in a very short time, down comes the owl to grab the easily caught, naive rodent at a time of year when food is scarce.

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