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Gazette Premium Content Colorado Springs police move in to protect nesting owls

by Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - Published: May 4, 2013

Throngs of people flocking to view baby great horned owls have been causing traffic headaches and Colorado Springs Police say enough is enough.

The family of owls is nesting near the Mountain Shadows neighborhood and there have been many reports of people climbing the tree to get a better view.

It's not a good idea and endangers both the spectators and the birds, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The police department announced Saturday it has put up official barricades to deter people from disturbing the birds.

'People are standing in the middle of the street, ' said Lt. Catherine Buckley. 'People are not using good common sense. '

The police department has warned that uncooperative pedestrians may find themselves slammed with tickets for obstructing traffic.

Great horned owls are not listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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