Oscar Oscar has lived at the Wildlife Center since 1984, when she was found in a nest in Tesuque, the sole survivor of a pellet gun attack. Pellets were removed from her right wing, body, and left eye. As a result, Oscar has limited flight and sight and could not be returned to the wild. Oscar has served as a foster parent to many orphaned great horned owls over the years.

Great Horned Owl
(Bubo virginanus)

Range and Habitat:
Great horned owls can survive anywhere in North America except arctic-alpine areas where there are no trees. They have the largest range, and the most varied nesting sites of any American owl. They do not migrate. They re found in a wide variety of habitats, but prefer open and secondary-growth woodlands and agricultural areas. They are found throughout New Mexico.

With their huge talons and strong feet, great horned owls can hunt and eat over 250 species of animals – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. One of their favorite foods is skunk. The great horned owl will take larger prey, even other raptors.

Conservation Issues:
Because of their fierce nature and adaptability, great horned owls are currently not facing a serious population decline. The do die from eating other animals contaminated with poisons and are often caught in barbed wire fences or hit by cars.


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Oscar can be sponsored for $2500. This will keep her fed and her shelter maintained.

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