Baby owls left for dead being returned to new nest

April 10, 2010 4:08:14 PM PDT
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating a tree trimming company after crews allegedly left barn owlets for dead when they cut down a palm tree in San Jose, according to the director of a wildlife rescue group.

The babies were turned over Tuesday to WildRescue, an organization dedicated to developing programs that promote care of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.

Today a barn owl box is being offered to the parents, Rebecca Dmytryk, WildRescue's director, said.

Once the box is ready, WildRescue will place the babies back in the nest and begin monitoring for the parents to return.

Barn owls, which are common in urban settings, are cavity dwellers, nesting in hollows of trees, in caves, barns, or signs. The barn owl is becoming increasingly popular for rodent control. One danger to owls is the use of pesticides, according to WildRescue.