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Scout builds raptor cage at Mammoth

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A boy scout from Bowling Green has
constructed a new raptor enclosure for Mammoth Cave National Park.
Bowling Green High School senior Gabe Baker heard the park
needed a new enclosure for its environmental program, and thought
it would be a perfect task for his Eagle Scout project.
The enclosure took 200 hours of work and help from more than 30
volunteers along with donated building materials.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports the enclosure was unveiled
earlier this month at the park.
"I needed an Eagle Scout project but I also chose to do this
because I really wanted to do something to help the environmental
education program here," Baker said.
The project will be used to help area schoolchildren learn about
wildlife.
Raptors, or carnivorous birds of prey, include owls, eagles,
falcons, condors, ospreys and hawks.
Baker's wooden raptor enclosure is about the size of a two-car
garage and divided into two 12-foot by 24-foot cages so that two
birds can be housed at one time.
The new structure will replace an older one at the park and is
built to last, said Tom Baker, Gabe's father.
"This is one of the largest Eagle Scout projects ever attempted
in this area," he added.
Steve Speakman, Baker's scoutmaster, said the work that went
into the building involved a number of scouts from the group. Baker
also enlisted the help of friends and family, who donated time and
labor.
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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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