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Florida officials investigating viral video starring endangered owl

By Rob Cypher, Mar 26, 2015 | Updated: Mar 26, 2015 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    A Facebook video that shows what appears to be a West Palm Beach man with a federally-protected owl in his car is going viral and getting the attention of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

    In the video, you see a man with a Great Horned Owl driving with it in his lap.

    The video caption says: "3am in the morning we are drunk and we are high. We bout to take this thing home and eat it up just found it on the road."

    A spokeswoman with Florida Fish and Wildlife says an investigator is looking into the video.

    Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control says they were made aware of the video and forwarded it onto FWC.
    David Hitzig, with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, is also aware of the video.

    "In the video you see them picking up some type of alcohol bottle, drinking, and in the comments they are talking about being drunk and high and taking this owl home to eat it," Hitzig said.

    Hitzig says the owl is protected by Federal and State law.

    "Having an owl like this in your possession is a felony...to me the concern is what happened to the owl, where the owl is now, and did anyone cause harm to the owl," Hitzig said.

    Hitzig says the owl appears to be in a daze, but he says they can be extremely dangerous.

    Brian Entin
    WPTV Channel 5 (West Palm Beach, Florida)
    March 24, 2015



  1. Rob Cypher
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The man who claims he shot the viral video involving an owl that has FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigating says he and his cousin did not hurt the owl.

    "It didn't fly away so we knew it was hurt. Leave me alone," Johnny Duverson said.

    Duverson says he was with his cousin in the car near Blue Heron and Interstate 95 when they spotted the Great Horned Owl and picked it up. He claims the owl was already hurt when they found it.

    Duverson says he shot the video, then he says they dropped the owl off in Lake Worth.

    Duverson admits he wrote on Facebook: "3am in the morning, we are drunk, we are high, we bout to take this thing home and eat it up just found it on the road."

    But he says what he wrote on Facebook is not what happened.

    "I know what I put on Facebook. That is what I put. I can put what I want on my Facebook. But like I said, I just woke up and you are coming to my door with this stupid stuff," Duverson said.

    A spokeswoman with FWC says the Great Horned Owl is protected by the Federal Government which is why Federal investigators are involved.

    "Anything we are looking into as an investigation is something where we are saying we are concerned. We are going to move forward and find out what happened here and make sure things are addressed," Liz Barraco with Florida Fish and Wildlife said.

    Brian Entin
    WPTV Channel 5 (West Palm Beach, Florida)
    March 25, 2015

  2. TheBigBadWolf
    I'd like to feed this arsehole to the owls, wait , no, they dont eat rotten stuff,- feed him to the pigs. Alive.

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