Saturday, December 29, 2007

Burrowing owls part of Punta Gorda Isles' landscape

A resident of Punta Gorda Isles has applied to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission for a permit that would allow him to collapse the burrows of a pair of burrowing owls on his property, according to this article at the Sun-Herald. Burrowing owls are a species of special concern, and therefore, Florida prohibits harming the birds, their nests or their eggs without a permit. The FWC will issue a permit only after "all reasonable alternatives" have been exhausted. The article notes that a wildlife biologist with FWC has recommended that the permit application be denied.

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