Some women in Cape Coral put out a clothes hamper as an alternate shelter for burrowing owls.
Other people called it in to police afraid it might not be a good idea.
Florida Fish and Wildlife showed up Thursday afternoon to investigate the make-shift shelter to make sure no violation occurred. None had.
The blue hamper is currently still sitting next to at least two burrowing owl nests on Southwest 8th Court.
The FWC officer initially seized the hamper, but then put it back after the women who put it there agreed not to touch the birds or interfere with their natural habitat in the future.
“My concern is that they’re going to drown and they have nowhere to go. I want to be able to save them from this water. The officer said that we can have the shelter here, and we can have the boxes in there but we cannot, if it fills up with water…if the holes fill up with water, we cannot pick them up. We cannot touch them, and we cannot move the shelter.” said Isabella Wagner.
Wildlife conservationist Pascha Donaldson secured and marked the site as a burrow to make sure even well-meaning citizens don’t get too close to the owls.
“Sometimes by helping nature we do more harm than good. The heart’s in the right place but sometimes it doesn’t always work out.” Donaldson said.
Touching, attempting to relocate or injuring a burrowing owl without permission is a felony.
If you are worried about an owl nest flooding, or the birds being hurt, you should call an expert with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to report it.
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