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

Lawrence, Kan. (KCTV) — A bald eagle and a barn owl at the Birds of Prey exhibit at Prairie Park Nature Center were killed last week by raccoons that broke through a space between the outer wooden fence and the wire-fence cage area where the birds were sheltered.

According to a statement from the City of Lawrence, staff have since added measures to fortify the cage area and keep predators away.

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 extensive rehabilitation after sustaining wing injuries in a collision with a power line, Kansa was shown in May 2003.

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

Parks and Recreation employees honor the birds for the service they have rendered to the Lawrence community.

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