LARGO — Authorities are asking for the public's help in the search for JR, the great horned owl who went missing from a city nature park this past weekend.
Officials are now offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the return of JR or the arrest of whoever released the bird.
"The city wants him back and safe," said Greg Brown, Largo's parks superintendent. "We're hoping he gets hungry and comes back."
JR, who has been a fixture at the George C. McGough Nature Park for more than 10 years, disappeared overnight Friday. A large hole had been cut out of his metal enclosure, and officials believe someone tried to steal JR or set him free.
Either way, they said, it's imperative JR, who flew away after being spotted in a tree on Saturday evening, get back home. The owl fell from his nest as a chick and never learned to hunt or survive on his own.