Common Loon

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by protodon, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know if it is possible to raise Common Loons? There is definitely no where to purchase them so I am guessing it is illegal. I enjoy their call and it would be nice to have them in the backyard. Much easier than moving to some northern lake property.
     
  2. dragonchick

    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IF there are some in your area you could put out their prefered food. This would bring them to your yard at least. As far as owning/raising them, no idea.
     
  3. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Loons are aquatic birds that feed on fish, amphibians, crustaceans, etc

    So unless your backyard looks like this:

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    You will not attract these:

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  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:Now look around you on this board. That should answer your question. Easy. Very easy.

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  5. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm fairly certain it is illegal to raise them; they are superb swimmers and amazing divers, and I can't imagine they could be happy in a backyard. But are there any wildlife rehab facilities near you? It's possilbe they might treat some each year, maybe you could volunteer to help nurse them back to health.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  6. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, they're federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but what a great suggestion to help with rehab! [​IMG]

    A lot of loons need long-term care to recover from lead poisoning, so this would be a great way to get to know these magnificent birds and help them at the same time.
     

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