Regarding the recent "owls decapitating rabbits" thread, I thought folks
might be interested in this AP story from Maine yesterday:
*Maine biologists nab owl taking heads off chickens *
*BETHEL, Maine -- *A Maine barred owl is in rehabilitation after it was
caught inside a Bethel barn where it had been decapitating a chicken a day
and flying off with the heads.
Wildlife Biologist Judy Camuso said owls are having a tough time finding
food this winter, and the owl was doing everything it could to survive. She
said it was near death.
She said many animals that owls live on, such as squirrels and voles, live
under the snow.
Camuso said chickens are too big for owls to carry off, and owls are
notorious for eating heads.
The owl was captured on Sunday. It was taken Monday to Avian Haven, a
wildlife rehabilitation center in Freedom.