Here in North America the great horned owl is often referred to as the tiger of the sky. That is because they are a ferocious hunter know for taking larger prey. Often their prey is as large or larger then that of the bald eagle, even though the average eagle here in Minnesota can weigh 2 to 3 times more then the owl. Frequently their prey is larger then the owl, as is the case with the striped skunk which weigh an average of 2 or more times what the owl weighs. In comparison that would be like and average human attacking a female grizzly bear.