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Horned owl's demise..
« on: July 03, 2010, 10:05:04 AM »
Checking a field yesterday near the edge of a swamp-thicket, we came across very fresh severed parts of a Great Horned Owl. One wing found was severed off at the first joint of breast, the head was completely severed, all other remains[carcass] not found but many feathers about.

 I'm assuming the owl either came down on its prey and was caught or, mistakenly dove down on a bobcat of which the 'cat made an easy meal of the owl.

'Cats hang out and hunt the area quite frequently, lots of rabbits and squirrels, birds to feed on.
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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 01:34:42 PM »
Yikes! That must have been some fight. I have seen a horned owl that was angry and it was NOT a pretty sight. They get pretty large as well, must've been a BIG cat.

We had a group of geese enclosed in an outside pen. A great horned owl swooped in and killed everyone of them, ripping their heads off. I came out the next morning to find about 30 dead geese scattered around the pen. It looked like once the owl started killing them, it just couldn't stop  until the last one was dead. Kinda like a frenzy or something. Very strange.
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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010, 03:15:18 PM »
Just curious, Patty, how did you know it was an owl  ???

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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 04:17:00 PM »
Just an educated guess on my part, Ryn. The geese were all beheaded, but not torn up much otherwise. I can't think of another predator that would kill in this manner.
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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 07:53:27 PM »
the N.E.Forestry Foundation lot I worked this early spring had four owls who carried on till late in the day [I dont know what kind]This lot that was severly dammaged by wind was/is filled with wild life and granite harvesting history.The tom turkeys were the largest ive seen./kenkayak

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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 08:30:59 PM »
Just an educated guess on my part, Ryn. The geese were all beheaded, but not torn up much otherwise. I can't think of another predator that would kill in this manner.

Otters, and sometimes mink will do just what you described.
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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2010, 09:41:56 PM »
and weasels.
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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010, 11:35:21 PM »
I'd say weasels too.  :)

They go after the head so they can then consume the blood. Don't usually go after the meat, etc. (googled to confirm that)
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Re: Horned owl's demise..
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2010, 04:26:13 PM »
seen coons and possums do it also. not 30 birds... but maybe because there was only 15 chickens.

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2010, 05:13:49 PM »
On the farm I grew up on the neighbor raised domestic turkeys. After a certain size we'd move them out to a pasture with open shelters to finish them out. His number one killer was great horned owls so I've had plenty of experience with them. At first you could trap them but then the regs changed and all he could do was use a propane cannon to scare them off. Between the owls and foxes it didn't take long before he built barns to finish out in.

These were actually pekin ducks just about butcher size in a varmint proof wired enclosure. The only way in was from above. That was the last time we raised ducks for meat.


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