- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - State wildlife officials want to know what caused the death of several burrowing owls in southwest Florida.

The News-Press (http://newspr.es/2fy8BtX) reports that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say there is an investigation into the death of the owls but could not provide further details because the investigation is ongoing.

A Cape Coral resident took photos of a family of 8-10 owls on a property, but when the grass was mowed and a for sale sign posted, the owls were gone.

The resident found the owls dead in the burrows.

State wildlife officials say the Florida burrowing owl is not on the federal list of endangered species. But state regulations list it as a species of special concern and could be listed at “threatened” status soon.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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