Bet you’re wondering what fits that definition. And I’ll bet you’ve probably had one (or more) in your area whether suburban or rural. While you may not be aware of their presence, they are definitely aware of you and what’s wandering around in your yard at dusk, midnight and dawn.
The Night Tiger … also known as the Great Horned Owl … is common and the second most widely distributed owl in the Americas. With its six-foot wingspread, it is capable of hunting and carrying off a great variety of animals including porcupines, dogs and cats. In some areas of the country, dogs and cats are used as a readily convenient food source.
Hubby found owl pellets in our yard about a month ago … a sobering find as we had two small foster Tzus in residence at the time. Weighing in eight and nine pounds, they are prime prey for the winged predators in our neighborhood. Both owls and hawks have been spotted flying low over the yards; last year a hawk family was fledged in a neighbor’s trees.
Be safe, be aware! And keep those small pets under your direct supervision.