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What are owls enemies?


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December 03, 2008 9:36PM

Man is an enemy of any owl. About 96% of all owls are killed by humans. Most were shot or trapped. They also die from pesticides. When they eat their prey and it has been exposed to pesticides it gets inside the owl's body and then the owl dies. Burrowing owls make a sound like a rattlesnake shaking its tail. This scares skunks and coyotes, which are animals that eat owls. It also scares ground squirrels that might try to move into the same tunnels.

The Great Horned Owl's only natural enemy is other Great Horned Owls, though occasionally other birds may try to get their eggs. The great horned owl is the major predator for owlets. Ravens, goshawks, coopers hawks, and red tailed hawks have been known to kill and eat young owls. Very few animals however will prey on an adult spotted owl.

Other enemies of owls are foxes, weasels, flocks of crows, and wolves.