Firefighters rescue owl caught up in fishing line

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Crews with West Metro Fire Rescue rescued an owl that was stuck about 20 feet up in a tree with one wing tangled in fishing line on Wednesday.

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The bird was in a tree near a private lake in the Willow Springs subdivision, just off West Bellevue Avenue and west of C-470.

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Residents of the area had seen the bird and were worried about it, officials with West Metro said.

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Once firefighters got the owl, they put it into a cardboard pet carrier and transported it to Golden View Veterinary Hospital.

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The bird was examined by Dr. Kris Ahlgrim, who helped remove the fishing line that was wrapped around one wing.

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Ahlgrim had to carefully avoid long, sharp talons as she worked on the owl now dubbed “Woody.”

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Ahlgrim thinks Woody is in pretty good condition. The bird has no broken wings or visible wounds.

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Woody was put into a “temporary condo” until it can be transferred to the Birds of Prey Foundation in Broomfield.

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They’ll let him stay for awhile and then he’ll probably be released out into the wild, officials with West Metro said.