Montecito Heights watching out for baby owl

May 4, 2012

Montecito Heights owlet. Photo courtesy Debs Park Audubon Center

Montecito Heights residents are being asked to keep a close eye on a baby Great Horned Owl and protect it from harassment. The owl, estimated to be between eight to 10 weeks old, has been living in the trees near Griffin Avenue near Montecito Drive, where some residents have been observed trying to remove the baby owl, called an owlet. The bird has left its nest but is still too young to fly long distances, said Jeff Chapman, director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Instead, the bird is now hopping or flying short distances between branches and nearby trees in a process called “branching.”

“We just want to make sure that owl lives,” said Chapman, Chapman said. “We just want people to be vigilant.

It is a violation of federal law to move or harm a Great Horned Owl. If anyone sees the bird being harassed, they should call Los Angeles Animal Services: (888) 452-7381 or the Office of Public Safety: (213) 978-4670.

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