Four great horned owls orphaned when mother killed to be released to wild

Posted at 8:26 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 08:34:57-04

Conservation officers say they're about to release four owls orphaned earlier this year.

In March, a Tolleson homeowner killed a female great horned owl, orphaning her four children.

The homeowner was ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution and the animals were taken to Liberty Wildlife to be raised by a great horned owl foster mother.

Some four months later, the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the young owls are ready to be returned to the wild.

The great horned owl is a common sight throughout North America, and even into South America, according to the National Audubon Society.