Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nebraska: Blair police officers rescue injured owl at elementary school

NEBRASKA -- It's going to be “owl” right.

Blair police rescued an owl after it was struck by a vehicle early Wednesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to the area near Deerfield Primary School at about 2:30 a.m. for the report of an injured owl, Chief Joe Lager said.

Officer Joshua Hatheway was able to corral the owl into a cardboard box, which he covered with a rain coat.

The bird — possibly a barred owl — was still in the police station garage later Wednesday. Raptor Recovery in Bellevue was expected to pick up the owl.

Lager said officers often get called to tend to injured animals.

“A lot more than you think,” he said.

On Tuesday, officers were dispatched for an injured raccoon. They've also received reports of a coyote in the 66 Heights Division.

(Pilot Tribune & Enterprise - Feb 16, 2017)