Two arrested in missing owl case
Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies have arrested two juvenile suspects in connection with the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) break in that occurred over the weekend. However great horned owl Dakota that went missing after his cage was broken into has not been recovered.
Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning someone used a piece of cage equipment to climb a fence and gain access to the center. While there they broke into three animal cages one housed Dakota.
According to reports, a tip late Sunday led police to a Facebook page posting that resulted in the arrests. Lt. Bryan Ulm said it's likely at least one will be charged and police are still seeking another person possibly involved in taking Dakota from his cage.
The search continues for Dakota. It's unsure if the owl was kidnapped or flew the coop and is loose somewhere in the area. The 11-year-old great horned owl has lived in captivity for most of his life and does not know how to hunt for food.
The owl was stolen from his nest when he was a baby and later surrendered to WINC. He has lived there for the past decade serving as an animal ambassador through WINC education programs. Those who know Dakota have called the center to offer condolences, support and even reward money for the owl's safe return.
Dakota is not afraid of people, he may appear friendly and has leather straps tied to his legs. If you think you see Dakota or have information that could help with his return, call the WINC at (262) 965-3090 or the Sheriff’s Department (262) 548-7126.
Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
Celebrate Lake Country
communities with stories
Do you have news or a nonprofit event that you would like to share with the community? Whether it's a community organization, a business, a local school, or a notable neighbor, we'd love to hear about it.
- The Dog Sanctuary
- Randy Kernats, Pewaukee School District, Wins Safety Challenge
- Schauer Center Welcomes New Dance Instructors
- Hamilton offers drivers’ education
- Schauer Center Welcomes 2014-15 Board of Trustees
- 2014 Juried Senior Exhibition
- Swim Team Presents
- Kids From Wisconsin Oconomowoc Performance
Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.
LivingLakeCountry.com features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!
View All Blogs
Do you want to become a Community Blogger? LivingLakeCountry.com welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog