These pictures do not do this beautiful owl justice. He is soooo special. When I got home from the Dr's today I noticed this owl laying dead on the road in front of our house. I eased him off the road onto the berm. He had just been killed I think, he was still soft, and his feathers were softer than anything I could imagine. I called a taxidermist and he said owls were protected by federal government and you were not allowed perhaps even to touch them! (This after I had carefully carried him up to the house on a shovel!). I called the Game Commision and they confirmed that owls were protected by federal government and could not be 'stuffed', so said the man that took my call . Then he said that we could pick it up and put it in a garbage bag for our garbage man! This beautiful creature should be preserved. The taxidermy man said to find a owl is rare. Sometimes....a permit might be issued to preserve such an owl for a museum or school. I asked out of curiosity how much it might be for a taxidermist to 'do' an owl. Would you believe $350? I wish I could share the beauty of this owl...the eye was beauty beyond description. I spent over an hour trying to find out what kind of owl this is. My best guess might be a small horned owl. They are active in the daytime and it would be a good guess that as it flew, it came in contact with a vehicle.