great horned owl

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Definition of great horned owl 

: a large American owl (Bubo virginianus) with conspicuous ear tufts

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Among the few things that can take down a great horned owl are vehicles, which smack birds in the wrong place at the wrong time with a few tons of steel and highway-speed force. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Who wins: truck versus owl, and the owl survives," 8 May 2018 Last month, a great horned owl found in Ypsilanti was brought to the Howell Nature Center's wildlife clinic. Christina Hall, ajc, "Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars: Here's why," 8 May 2018 At our small campfire near Laurel Lake, tucked in a pocket at 6,490 feet in the Yosemite Wilderness, just a day’s hike in, the perfect quiet was broken by the hooting of a great horned owl that carried through the night. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joining the ‘1 Percent Club’ at Yosemite’s Laurel Lake," 3 June 2018 Last month, a great horned owl found in Ypsilanti was brought to the Howell Nature Center's wildlife clinic. Christina Hall, ajc, "Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars: Here's why," 8 May 2018 Now, National Geographic reports that a highly unusual great horned owl family located in Reno, Nevada, has become a new internet obsession. Saryn Chorney, ajc, "'Unheard of' polygamous owl family consists of two moms, one dad and pair of owlets," 3 May 2018 But great horned owls, which also reside in the Fells, are another matter. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Was my son’s frightening injury an owl attack?," 28 Mar. 2018 The owl, a great horned owl, appeared to have been hit by a car when the woman found it, Hart said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Woman trapped in car by owl she tried to rescue near Tucson," 8 May 2018 Last month, a great horned owl found in Ypsilanti was brought to the Howell Nature Center's wildlife clinic. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars: Here's why," 7 May 2018

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