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

LAURENT, Kan. (KCTV) – A bald eagle and a barn owl from the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Prairie Park Nature Center were killed last week by raccoons that burst through a gap between an exterior wooden fence and the area of the chain-link cage where the birds were housed.

According to a statement from the town 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 at the age of one year. After a long rehabilitation after sustaining traumatic fender injuries in a collision with a power line, Kansa was exposed in May 2003.

Serena the barn owl came to the nature center in 2011 from Walden’s Puddle in Tennessee.

Parks and Recreation staff are working on a tribute to honor the birds for their service to the Lawrence community.