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High number of owl deaths reported

April 11, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife says it’s received an unusually high number of reports about owl deaths.

Commissioner Louis Porter tells the Rutland Herald that the owl population increased following a rise in the small mammal populations as a result of a large crop of nuts in the woods in the fall of 2017.

He says the dense snow this past winter made it hard for owls to find prey.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vermont, runs a wild bird rehabilitation center that took in 45 barred owls last year. It’s already taken in about 50 owls as of the end of March.

An institute official said many of the owls were found emaciated in odd places like backyards, parking lots and driveways.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/