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Wildlife advocates allege owl poisoning


Last updated 3/18/2020 at 9:31am

Courtesy of Doug Harling

This male burrowing owl was photographed at the corner of Jimmy Camp and Link roads in Fountain on March 9.

Wildlife advocates are petitioning authorities to investigate an alleged incident at a vacant lot on the corner of Jimmy Camp Road and Link Road. The advocates, led by Doug Harling, claim that a USDA wildlife biologist killed two burrowing owls while placing pesticide in the lot. Burrowing owls are a protected species, and had been found living in the lot in thesummer of 2019.

Harling wrote a column for the Fountain Valley News in July 2019 calling attention to the burrowing owls living at the site. At the time, plans were being made to develop the lot into a dollar store, so Harling sough...

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