Rare Kingsville Owl Causing Safety Concerns
Tuesday January 10th, 2012
Posted at 12:32pm
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The presence of a Great Grey Owl in the Kingsville area has drawn attention from all over the Country and USA, with nature lovers flocking to the area in attempts to get a view of this OWL.
The OPP report that some of these watchers are failing to stay safe while attending the area, and they have now issued a warning. Owl watchers are asked to park their vehicles in safe and lawful locations, and ensuring that they position themselves and their viewing equipment in safe locations.
The OPP report that they have received numerous reports of dangerous conditions created by some of these bird watchers.
The Ministry of the Natural Resources has also issued a public request.
“A Great Grey Owl has been residing in Essex County since before Christmas, and has provided birders with the opportunity to see and photograph this beautiful bird up close. This species is not considered rare in Ontario, but it is rare to see one in south-western Ontario. Great Grey Owls are protected under the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act. The MNR advises people to stay 30-40 meters away from this bird and other raptors to reduce potential stress on the bird and avoid possible human-wildlife conflict.”