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     The newspaper for which I work, The Telegraph in Alton, IL, ran an
Associated Press photo last weekend of the snowy owl that was being seen in
Springfield, IL. Unfortunately, there was a follow-up story on the AP wire
Wednesday, and the news was not good. Here's the story:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)  A snowy owl whose sighting was rare in this central
Illinois city was euthanized after it was found with a broken wing.
The owl, normally found in more frigid regions and rarely seen this far
south, had two breaks in its right wing and was euthanized Sunday.
Officials were alerted to the owls condition after someone spotted it
hopping around on the ground with its wing at a weird angle.
Retired state avian ecologist Vern Kleen captured the bird and it was turned
over to the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur on Saturday.
Jacques Nuzzo of the raptor center said the owl was bleeding and its
unclear if a vehicle struck the owl or if it was injured by an animal.
I dont have any idea what could have caused that much damage, Nuzzo said.
  It was really bad.
The raptor center kept the owl alive for the weekend to asses whether a
veterinarian should amputate its wing, but its injuries were too severe.
Snowy owls typically breed in northern areas where they have little contact
with people, pets or cars and they rarely travel this far south even in
winter. They are spotted in central Illinois once every two to four years
and the last one was seen near Illiopolis about four years ago, officials
have said.
H. David Bohlen, assistant curator of zoology at the Illinois State Museum,
said migratory birds face dangers ranging from finding enough food to
avoiding predators and man-made obstacles such as buildings and
communication towers.
When a bird comes into the area, its not going to know the hazards as well
as one that lives there year around, he said.

--Steve Whitworth, Glen Carbon, Madison County, IL

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