Do Powerful Owls eat carrion?

To: 'Michael Norris' <>, "" <>
Subject: Do Powerful Owls eat carrion?
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:36:50 +0000
If the owls won't take prey from the ground, what's to stop them taking a 
poisoned possum from a tree while it's still alive? I assume there's a period 
between eating the poison and dying when the possum is sick and slow, and 
therefore easy prey.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
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> The other day I saw a Powerful Owl near my home in suburban Melbourne,
> 16km from the CBD.  It was in a garden where a number of possums have
> been found dead so I’d like to know if these owls eat carrion.   My concern is
> that current rat baits can accumulate in the bodies of vertebrates that
> scavenge on corpses.
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