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Wild of the Week: Two on owls

A pair of WOTW owls ended up as Sunday’s outdoors column.

I just find that owls with their size and noctural hooting still awe.

The best photo came while Conrad Rybaczuk waded and fished the Fox River in North Aurora.

The best story came from Peter Lamar of an owl rescued from a soccer net at Midwestern University in Downers Grove.

It was rehabbed at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

I find that last photo haunting in its own right.

Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes and doings around Chicago outdoors, runs on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Sundays, as warranted.

As the fall and winter come, I also mix in Buck of the Week: Unplugged, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, on Sundays.

There are a multitude of ways to send nominations of WOTW or BOTW: Unplugged: on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (