December 26, 2013
A pigmy owl hunts near a home in rural Wasco County. Rodents make up a major portion of the diet of most owls, making them vulnerable to rodent poison. Photo courtesy Mark B. Gibson
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It was hard to hear anything over the howls and high-pitched yips coming from the forest. The coyotes — who knows how many — were working themselves into a frenzy while Dave Hewitt, part-time fish biologist and full-time bird nerd, stood patiently with an iPod in his hand.
SALEM, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarians advise home and land owners that poison baits used to control mice and rats can sicken or kill owls, hawks, foxes, bobcats and other species. To protect wildlife, people should carefully follow product directions and explore other options for rodent control.