Energy and Environment Blog

Details Emerge About Snowy Owl Holiday Death

·By civilbeat

It was Thanksgiving Day and a white Snowy Owl from the Arctic was fluttering around the runways at Honolulu International Airport.

How it made its way from its native habitat is unknown, but the day would not end well for the owl that local officials say could be the first to grace Hawaii’s shores.

By mid-day it lay dead, felled by a gunshot wound from an official working for the USDA’s Wildlife Services Division.

The incident was reported in the NYTimes over the weekend in a story about an unusually high number of