Good Question: 'Can I Kill The Owl That's Killing My Kittens?'

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

On this week’s Good Question, Sara lives south of Hutchinson, and she has a problem. A large owl stalks her property and kills her kittens.

She even sent us video of the owl in action. She wants to know if she can shoot the owl, or if the bird is protected.

I contacted Ken Lockwood of the Eagle Valley Raptor Center. He is an expert on birds of prey. He identified the owl as a Great Horned Owl, a protected bird. But Sara could apply for what’s called a “depredation permit.” It costs a fee and may or may not be granted. If it is, she could kill the owl.

But Lockwood says there’s another option that will not only save her kittens, but also save the owl.

Simply remove the food. He says keep the kitten food inside for five to 10 days and the owl should move on. It’s only there because the food is available. However, if that’s not an option, Lockwood suggests contacting the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

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