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Snowy owl shot at Cheyenne Bottoms

Kansas Wetlands Education Center Educator Eric Giesing gathers up a wounded snowy owl found at Pool 2 at Cheyenne Bottoms. The owl was shot.

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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS — A young female snowy owl was found wounded at Cheyenne Bottoms last week by Hoisington resident Dr. Dan Witt and taken to the Raptor Center in Great Bend where it later died during surgery.

Dr. Witt was in the Bottoms on last Thursday looking for owls. He found one close to the road near Pool 2 that obviously looked hurt, so he called Eric Giesing, Kansas Wetlands Education Center educator.

The bird was in the water. "I put on my waders and got the bird," said Giesing. "It barely opened it eyes.

"I reached down and cradled it ...

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