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Motion-Activated Owls Infuriate Buffalo Grove Man

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BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) – A Buffalo Grove man says his neighbor is getting on his nerves with a collection of noisy motion-activated owls.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, hearing owls hoot out in the wild is not an issue, given that they tend to be solitary, and nocturnal.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports

But the owls ruffling the feathers of the Buffalo Grove man are mechanical, and they got him so annoyed that he called police.

The man called police this past Saturday afternoon, complaining that a neighbor had placed the owls in his own backyard, in the 2700 block of Acacia Terrace in Buffalo Grove and they were making “excessive noise,” a Buffalo Grove police report said.

But although the resident told officers the noise disturbs him at night, police relayed some bad news – there is no ordinance against motion-activated owls.

Police also gave the resident a tip – he should not go into his neighbor’s yard to turn the owls off.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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