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Owl enters downtown Cd'A apartment, kills pet bird

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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Don and Sue Sausser got a rude awakening early Sunday morning when they found an owl in their living room.

It had flown in through the open sliding glass door of their 10th-story Lake Tower apartment in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

It left bird droppings all through the apartment, killed one of their canaries and slightly injured the other. When Sue discovered the brownish, yellow-eyed owl, it was between the wall and the chest of drawers on which the birdcage rests, but then flew out the door and perched on their balcony railing long enough to snap a few photos. Don estimated it to be about six to eight inches in height.

"There was a racket back over here, and I looked back there and there was the owl," she said, pointing to the area behind the chest. "Of course, he flew out, and I'm going, 'Oh,' and there's feathers all over, all over. I didn't realize a bird was gone."

They found their yellow canary dead in the corner of the wire birdcage. Their other canary was visibly shaken by the incident as it seemed jumpy and anxious, letting out loud, nervous chirps Sunday afternoon.

"Isn't it strange?" Sue asked. "Who would have thought?"

The wire birdcage has small entrances with doors that vertically slide when lifted. The owl would have had to somehow lift the door with its head, beak or talons to get to the songbirds. It had also knocked their water dish out of its place.

"It's the strangest thing I've ever heard of," said Beth Paragamian, wildlife education specialist for Idaho Fish and Game and the Bureau of Land Management. As an expert on North Idaho's birds, she said she was perplexed as to why the owl would be flying so high in an area without many tall trees and taken off guard that it would go through all the trouble of entering a human's home and opening a birdcage just to get to the canaries.

"That is very unusual," she said.

Paragamian has been sent the Sausser's images to help identify the species of owl.

"It's real strange to find one in your living room," Don said.

Although the uninvited guest will not deter the Saussers from taking in the fresh lake air, Don said the couple will be placing twist-ties on the birdcage just in case the hungry bird of prey remembers where they live and that the other canary is still alive.

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  • REDLINE posted at 11:31 am on Tue, Aug 19, 2014.

    REDLINE Posts: 101

    Close your window! DUH!

  • FIy in the ointment posted at 10:24 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    FIy in the ointment Posts: 1513

    Told y'all...

    6"-8" is about half true. You folks should see the big white one that prowls around. Our robins started nesting in our rafters and then just became scarce.

  • idaredneck posted at 7:06 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    idaredneck Posts: 102

    I can see it now. CDA police kill murdering owl, then they find out it was a wild turkey. Better yet, wolf hunters place it on their list because it murdered a pet but yet it was a coyote or pet dog in herds that broke into the window.....

  • JD posted at 2:43 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    JD Posts: 3

    I think the people of the Canary Islands this day are in mourning. When first read, I found the story somewhat fowl. After a second read......It's a hoot!!!!

  • nativenel posted at 1:53 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    nativenel Posts: 11

    FYI it is an apartment.

  • Sheeken Hunter posted at 1:36 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    Sheeken Hunter Posts: 183

    Just wondering what was more shocking to the people--1. the owl killing their canary, or 2. their expensive 10th floor condo being identified by the Press writer as an apartment?

  • bratsch1 posted at 9:51 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    bratsch1 Posts: 1

    Looks a like an immature Western Screech Owl to me. Sorry about your birds folks...

  • Two Old Eyes posted at 8:11 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2014.

    Two Old Eyes Posts: 179

    Was hoping for Owl Soup.

    Big Foot my be next. Good Luck Don, Lock you windows.

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