Bald eagle, barn owl killed by raccoons at Kansas nature center
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KAKE) - A bald eagle and a barn owl at a nature center in Lawrence, Kansas, were killed by raccoons that had breached the birds' enclosure.
The City of Lawrence said Kansa, the bald eagle, and Serena, the barn owl, were part of the Birds of Prey exhibit at Prairie Park Nature Center. The birds were in their wire-fence caged area last week when raccoons were able to get through the space between an outside wood fence and the wire cage.
"Unfortunately, raccoons are common predators with caged animals at zoos and nature centers," the city said. "Staff have since added additional measures to fortify the cage area and keep out predators."