Bald eagle, barn owl killed by raccoon at Prairie Park Nature Center

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KCTV) – A bald eagle and barn owl at the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Prairie Park Nature Center were killed last week by raccoons encroaching on the gap between the outdoor wooden fence and the area. Wired fenced cages where the birds have been placed in the house.

According to a release from the City of Lawrence, officers have since added measures to fortify the cage area and deter predators.

The bald eagle, Kansa, was acquired by the nature center in January 2003 from the Kansas State University veterinary clinic as a one-year-old bird. After being rehabilitated after sustaining a wing injury in a power line collision, Kansa went on display in May 2003.

Serena, the barn owl, arrived at the nature center in 2011 from Walden’s Puddle in Tennessee.

Parks and Recreation staff are working to honor the birds for the service they have provided to the Lawrence community.

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