2011-11-24 / Local & State

Barn Owl Seen In SW Pa. First Time In Decade

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – The PA Game Commission says biologists have spotted a barn owl in southwestern Pennsylvania for the first time in about a decade.

The birds have declined on farms across the state and nation due to a loss of habitats, changes in farming practices and loss of nesting sites. The last time the state conducted a Breeding Bird Atlas from 2004 to 2009, there were no barn owls spotted in the southwestern part of the state.

The Game Commission says Thursday the bird was spotted on a farm near Washington, Pa., about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. It was wearing a band that showed it came from northeastern Ohio.

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