Weatherford Democrat

November 27, 2013

Man cited for shooting, killing protected owl


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Springtown-area man who authorities say shot a Great Horned Owl he claimed was killing his chickens is now facing a fine after reportedly posting a picture of his kill on Facebook.

According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, an anonymous tipster contacted Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler last week after the man reportedly posted pictures on Facebook of him holding a dead owl. Kessler notified Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Deshanna Creager, who investigated.

Though the bird was already buried, the man implicated himself in shooting the owl with a pellet gun, according to the sheriff’s office.

The bird had been taking chickens from the man, a behavior not uncommon to owls who find the poultry easy prey, Creager said.

Creager said she issued the man a citation that carries a fine of $45 to $500.

According to county records, 36-year-old Adolfo Rosales-Pozos was issued a class C misdemeanor citation for hunting a non-game bird.

Though not considered an endangered species, the Great Horned Owl is a federally protected bird, according to Creager, who said it is against the law for people to kill songbirds or birds of prey, including owls, falcons and hawks.

Creager suggested a red strobe light be put up to deter the birds from other animals.

During her 13 years as a game warden, Creager said she has seen some birds of prey, such as falcons or hawks, illegally killed but it isn’t common.

The Democrat was unable to reach Rosales-Pozos for comment.