Chicken-Eating Great Horned Owl Released

Received a call to retrieve a Great Horned Owl in a yard. When we arrived the bird had been confined under a box. When we removed the box ever so carefully, the owl escaped and started to run towards a four lane highway. We looked like the keystone cops running after him to turn him around. He finally turned around and ran back under our car. We chased him out from there and he ran out into the field again. We used the caller to help surround him. John, our caller was able to throw a towel over him and that allowed me to go grab him. We finally were able to put him in a box. Prior to us leaving a women pulled up in a car behind us and mentioned she wanted a picture of him because he had been taking her chickens, some 6 of them. They actually wanted him released back in the same area. He went back to ICU for triage by Kim and Cassidy. A vet visit showed he had a bruised and swollen left elbow. We wrapped his wing to keep it still so it could recover.

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