Bucket Full Of Baby Barn Owls Found During Traffic Stop In Mentone

MENTONE (AP) — A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy has found a bucket full of seven baby barn owls in the back of a car he pulled over in the city of Mentone.

Animal rehabilitation specialist Lenore Will of Yucaipa was called after Monday’s traffic stop and had the driver show her the nest in a bunker once used for rocket testing.

Will says it is a myth that parent birds won’t take babies back if they have been handled.

She put them back, then visited on Tuesday. Will says the mother shooed her away, a good sign she took the owls back.

Will says the driver planned to sell the birds to a pet shop and possession is illegal.

The driver wasn’t arrested but Fish and Game officials will investigate.

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  1. Really says:

    What idiot pet shop owner would sell owls? And even worse, some unsuspecting person who has no idea what he/she is getting into. Owls are very dangerous to keep as pets. For one, they are predators with razor sharp beaks and claws. I also read they are very possessive, so if you have a pet in the house, the owl will most likely attack it. Also, if anyone other than the person who regularly feeds the owl tries to feed it, it will attack as well as being abandoned for a long period time by the owner. The owl may attack the owner.

    Now, maybe idiots want to think again about domesticating these animals.

    1. John Richards says:

      “Now, maybe idiots want to think again about domesticating these animals.”

      The problem is that idiots don’t think.

  2. Everyday Guy says:

    In a related story, local restaurant says baby owls off the menu.

  3. wharthog says:

    Luis Moreno can practice kicking them for soccer practice.

  4. EvilThawt says:

    Barn Owls aren’t bad! They taste like chicken!!!

  5. Sheesta says:

    Why wasn’t this person arrested? Evil, greedy idiot should be in jail setting an example for others of the same ilk!

  6. Rene Springfield says:

    KIDNAPPERS POOR BABY OWLS GLAD THIER MOMMY TOOK THEM BACK WE USED TO HAVE THESE ON OUR RANCH THEY WERE SO BEAUTIFUL CAME OUT AT NIGHT AND CHASED THE DOGS ATE THE GOPHERS AND RATS THEY WERE WHERE THEY BELONGED

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