Maine's Great Gray Owl
After five days of uninterrupted viewing that interfered with the hunting and feeding habits of a bird rarely seen here, the exhausted and starving owl had to be taken off by an avian rescue team, the equivalent of EMTs. He died two days later.Rehabilitators from Avian Haven captured the bird after the property owner said it was hit by a car. The rehabbers reported on Jan. 30 that "the bird is extremely emaciated. This may be due at least in part to a heavy parasite load, but the property owner feels that the bird was harassed by some visitors."
After the owl's death, the Avian Haven staff reported no evidence of a collision, a heavy parasitic load, anemia, signs of a respiratory disease, and evidence that the bird was in the advanced stages of starvation. "None of these are acute conditions; the bird could have been already on a fatal trajectory when he arrived in Jackson. Whether any such trajectory could have been altered by different circumstances over the last week is impossible to say."
My question: How much effect, if any, do incidents like this influence property owners' and birders' willingness to share unusual birds' locations and provide access?