Baiting Owls to get the Photo

A relatively intense debate started this past Monday in a Facebook group on people baiting the owls with live, store-bought mice. I’m neutral in this debate as I do not see it being any worse than having a feeder in your yard for birds or deer and taking advantage of this situation to get some photos.

As a birder, what are your thoughts?
As a photographer, what are your thoughts?
As a potential client who may buy one of these photos, would the owl being baited weigh on your decision to buy the print or not?

Looking forward to hearing from all parties. At the least it will give you all something to think about.

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