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Yuma hospital project encounters protected owls

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YUMA, AZ (AP) -

It turns out a major expansion of the Yuma Regional Medical Center has to factor in the presence of protected owls.

The Yuma Sun reports that construction workers have found themselves face to face with western burrowing owls.

The hospital says it's working the state Game and Fish Department and a nonprofit to relocate an estimated 25 of the owls.

The owls live underground, making them especially affected by land development.

They do not dig their own burrows, but inhabit underground spaces abandoned by other animals.

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