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Wildlife In Need owl missing

Ottawa – Thieves took Dakota, a great horned owl, housed at the Wildlife In Need Center Saturday night according to information on the center's Website, www.helpingwildlife.org.

The site has an alert listed after Dakota's cage and two others were broken into  on Nov. 12.

The 11-year-old owl has lived in captivity nearly all of his life after being kidnapped as an infant and then later surrendered to the center. "He is fully imprinted on humans and can not fend for himself or hunt for food on his own," reads the site.

After the Wildlife in Need Center took over care of Dakota more than a decade ago, he became one of the center's  most popular animal ambassadors educating more than 80,000 during center appearances.

The desperate center put out this plea on their site: "If you see or find a great horned owl with jesses (leather straps that would be dangling from his legs), or see an owl that is acting very friendly please contact the Wildlife in Need Center at (262) 965-3090, your local humane society, or the Waukesha County Sheriff’s department who is investigating this theft."

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