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Arctic snow owl makes rare mass migration
Arctic Snow Owl
Global warming could be to blame for the snow owls rare mass migration
These beautiful arctic creatures have been spotted in the farmlands of Idaho, in Montana and gliding over a golf course in Missouri.
Experts say that occasionally a handful of snow owls will fly south, but rarely ever in these numbers. Scientists are calling this mass migration 'unbelievable.' One snow owl expert called it a " the most significant wildlife event in decades."
It is believed that this event may be linked to lemmings, which are a rodent that accounts for all most ninety percent of the snow owls diet during their breeding months of May thru September. A large supply of lemmings last year may have led to an over population boom among the snow owls. which in the end resulted in them hatching as many as seven offspring each.
There have been reports of severely emaciated snow owl sightings. One snow owl was found dead in a farmer's field in Wisconsin. A snow owl that landed in an airport in Hawaii was shot and killed to prevent collision with planes.
The snow owl population are believed to be on the decline, many experts speculate that is because of global warming, which has decreased the vegetation that lemmings count on to survive.