Arctic snowy owls visit South Dakota dam

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Snowy owls have made a temporary home in the area surrounding a dam near the South Dakota and Nebraska border, a rare sighting for many residents.

Yankton resident and birdwatcher Roger Dietrich says two snowy owls were spotted near the Gavins Point Dam. He says the unusual sighting could mean that there's an abundance of lemmings in the Arctic this year.

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that snowy owls have a high nesting success rate when there are more lemmings. With a larger population of snowy owls in their natural habitat, it's more likely they'll spread out and fly to unknown areas like Yankton.

Dietrich warns those who want to observe the owls to stay in their vehicles because they can be unpredictable in an unfamiliar environment.

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