Date of disappearance: Some time between 9,000 and 2,000 years ago. But it’s not at all clear, as the fossil record is extremely sparse.
Special power: This is arguably the largest owl in the world (depending on whether you measure height, weight or a combination of the two), weighing up to 10lbs, with a wingspan of almost two metres. But it often feeds on tiny prey, such as mice and insects.
Suitability for reintroduction: Eagle owls are already breeding in some places. There is some controversy about their impacts on other raptors.