Posts Tagged ‘Tom Marante

27
Oct
09

Football Field is Going to the Birds

Piper High School Owl on Football FieldIn Sunrise, Florida, the Piper High School football team have been evicted from their field, and forced to move their final two games thanks to the owls. No, that’s not a local gang of toughs, or a rival high school but ACTUAL owls who, under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rules are classified as species of special concern. With their habitats threatened, some burrowing owls have made their homes on the 25 and 35-yard lines making it impossible for the football team to get on the field for practice or games.

Piper athletic director Tom Marante, named two of the owls Stan and Gladys and said he saw them Wednesday morning by their burrow. “They were just there staring at us, like asking ‘What are you looking at?’ ”

The Piper team (3-3) are less than psyched about losing their turf and will be forced to play their final games elsewhere, including their Senior Night game and don’t consider themselves fans of the owls.

“They’re small, but I don’t want to get close to them,” said Piper senior cornerback Nevin Lawson.

[Sun-Sentinel]




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