Athens, Georgia, USA
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There are a good number of owls around the UGA campus. When I was with UGAPD, we told stories of getting buzzed by owls in the North quad; one officer in particular got buzzed several times by it. I've seen a lot of owls and hawks in the Oconee forest in the Intramural Fields.I don't know the particular Owl of Dearing, but it wouldn't surprise me. There's a lot of good hunting for them around town.
I used to see a small hawk up on North Campus quite regularly and a very large owl -- both near the small water fountain. I haven't seen either one lately.I always found it a little ironic that people seemed willing to "blame" the lack of small animals on the feral cat colony without looking to other predators.These birds are predators, too, and while I love to see them around, I think they probably find the relatively tame north campus chipmunks and squirrels easy pickings. ;-)
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