Fortunately, a system has been devised to exclude the owls from their burrows (preferably either prior to, or after breeding season) to ensure they are not physically harmed. A group in Arizona called Wild at Heart works diligently to actively relocate owls to areas with artificial burrows. A US Fish & Wildlife Service permit is necessary for this activity.
You can help burrowing owls by watching for them whenever you are open areas, and please alert the Arizona Game & Fish Department or Wild at Heart if you are aware of ground-disturbing activities that could harm the owls.
If we all keep a lookout to protect these beneficial owls we can help maintain a species that has survived millions of years, but which is now struggling in the face of habitat destruction.
By: Janine Spencer, M.A. Wildlife Management