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Name: Candace C.
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Date: 5/28/2003


Question:
What are an owl's predators?


Replies:
Owls are top carnivores and have very few natural predators, except of course human beings. It would also depend upon what part of the World you are referring to as well. Owlets learning to fly may be in a position to become a meal for a fox or other causal predator when they are on the ground, but I do not believe there are any documented occurrences. Snakes certainly may be a problem in the tropical areas for many snake species are known to climb into nests, but these snakes may very well become a potential meal in many cases.

The Nile Virus may be having an effect on owl populations, but that information is not concrete as yet.

Steve Sample



Large adult owls, great horned for example, have few if any actual predators. Crows harass owls but aren't likely to actually harm them. Smaller owls, like screech owls, might rarely be preyed upon by larger hawks or owls, and are vulnerable on nest to raccoons. Eggs and nestlings of all owls may be preyed on by a range of nest predators, including raccoons, other birds, or even squirrels.

J. Elliott


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