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#7187149 - 06/03/18 06:49 AM Great Horned Owl predatation
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I had never heard this before. I sold some Ibex to a person who has a place in Frio County. He called me yesterday and I asked how his Ibex were doing. He told me he had lost all his kids to a Owl. He said his pens were tight and the only sign of any loss of the kids were some feathers they found. He looked around and in an old deer blind they found a Owl nest with 3 young Owls and scattered around were the Ibex Kid skulls and bones. I know Ibex are very small at birth but I did not believe an Owl could carry on off. Strange.
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#7187152 - 06/03/18 06:59 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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Registered: 12/16/11
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I can believe it. Lost several peacock and a big barn cat to our local horned owl. 2 of the peacock were mature with full tails and were carried almost 100 yards to the top of a tree and eaten there. The big Tom cat was half eaten on top of the barn.

Wingspan is over 4ft on a big great horned owl.

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#7187205 - 06/03/18 08:12 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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I have heard of it with WT fawns in breeding pens, so I can believe it with ibex.
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#7187207 - 06/03/18 08:13 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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Had one try to grab the wife's Yorkie from the back yard, the Jack Russell rolled it and ended that idea.
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#7187273 - 06/03/18 09:19 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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they can clean a neighbor hood of cats
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#7187291 - 06/03/18 09:35 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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It is amazing what they can do.
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#7187292 - 06/03/18 09:35 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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A Great Horned Owl’s wingspan can grow up to 5 feet. Their wingload is very disproportionate to their body size. Thus, their generated lift allows them to carry prey many times their body weight. Matched only by the RedTail Hawk in predation, the Great Horned Owl is known as the nocturnal counterpart to the Red Tail.
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#7187301 - 06/03/18 09:53 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: colt45]
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Originally Posted By: colt45
they can clean a neighbor hood of cats


I live in an older neighborhood with lots of oaks. Gave up on cats after the last one disappeared. She was a good, big tabby that didn't stray. Neighbors friend that lived down the street aways found what was left inside their fenced backyard. Always figured it was an owl or maybe bobcat.

Never thought they'd eat a deer or goat.
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#7187342 - 06/03/18 10:56 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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Loc: Thrall Texas
If they can keep the cat population down with only the smart and quick ones surviving we need more.

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#7187347 - 06/03/18 11:00 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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My Wife's large tabby got carried off on Halloween by a great horned owl that nested in the neighbors yard. No chit. It was also a full moon. Spooky, spooky.


Edited by Erathkid (06/03/18 11:01 AM)
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#7187357 - 06/03/18 11:15 AM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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We had one at my grandfathers ranch in Hamilton when I was a kid....that thing was huge! I know people that raised sheep and goats hated them.....
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#7187447 - 06/03/18 01:34 PM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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Friends Chihuahua got taken by a Red tailed hawk, he couldn't get away with it but dropped the dead dog in the 4' tall pool they had.
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#7187455 - 06/03/18 01:50 PM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Years ago the owl we had in an old barn kept our place free of little varmints.
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#7187500 - 06/03/18 03:05 PM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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This guy and his wife hang at our place from October through March.



May be this gal and her husband heck IDK. smile I do know he/she killed the squirrel that was in that nest, ate it, and took it over.
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#7187558 - 06/03/18 04:15 PM Re: Great Horned Owl predatation [Re: don k]
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Had one take a squirrel off of an old hanging bucket feeder while bow hunting. Just amazing aerial dexterity and maneuvering
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