Steve Forrest, the Rockies and Plains program coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife said………….“The burrowing owls left because the prairie dogs left,” Forrest said. That is not surprising since the owls prey on the prairie dogs, he said. The coyotes likely left because the prairie dogs left, but also because of the increase in human activity related to the construction and maintenance of the turbines and transmission lines, Forrest said.
This guy is an idiot and this is a perfect example of a spokesman for a conservation group like Audubon, Sierra Club etc., putting out false information to the media while protecting highly destructive wind turbine developments. Burrowing owls are not dependent on prairie dogs as a food source because they are too small to prey on them. Conservation groups receive funding directly and indirectly through mitigation by supporting wind energy.
One of many available sources……. FOOD: Burrowing owls do not prey on prairie dogs but do thrive on healthy prairie dog colonies because of the insect abundance. Beetles, other insects, small mammals, small birds, reptiles and amphibians all are eaten by burrowing owls.