facebook
twitter
search
search

2 baby owls killed when palm tree cut down

May 21, 2008 at 3:37 PM

GILROY, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- A California crew of tree-trimmers could face criminal charges for cutting down a palm tree with a barn owl nest in its branches, killing two owlets.

A third baby owl is recovering at the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center in Morgan Hill, the San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday.

Sue Howell, the center's executive director, said the tree-trimmers, who were working for the city of Gilroy, were warned twice about the owl nest. She charged they ignored the warnings and cut down the tree Saturday.

Cutting down trees with nests holding eggs or young birds is a violation of state and federal laws, Howell said. Once eggs have been laid in a nest, she said that the tree must be left alone until the birds hatch.

Frank Fantozzi, a volunteer at the center, said the surviving owlet will remain there for several months until it is large enough to be released into the wild. It is being fed diced mouse.

A police spokesman said an investigation will determine if the tree crew followed city procedures.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
Demand for mobile phones in North Korea means two per household
China's Great Wall is quickly disappearing, report says
Volcanic eruption alerts authorities in Japan
Girl Scouts chapter returns $100K donation that excluded transgender girls