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

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KCTV) – A bald eagle and barn owl at the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Prairie Park Nature Center were killed last week by raccoons who breached a space between an outdoor wooden fence and the metal fence cage area where the birds were housed.

According to a statement from the city 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 as a one-year-old bird. After extensive rehabilitation after sustaining traumatic wing injuries in a collision with a power line, Kansa was exposed in May 2003.

Serena, the barn owl, arrived at 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 the service they have provided to the Lawrence community.