Great horned owl snared in abandoned fishing line rescued in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife enlisted firefighters’ help to reach a great horned owl that became trapped in fishing line in a tree on Thursday at Harriman Lake Park in Jefferson County.

The owl dangled motionless in midair at the park near West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Street until rescuers were able to reach it and clip the lines.

The owl had some soft tissue damage and was taken to the Birds of Prey Foundation for rehabilitation.

She was treated with anti-inflammatories and will rest for a couple weeks before being taken to a flight cage for evaluation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

The agency warned anglers to pick up excess fishing line so as not to endanger wild animals.

Great horned owls are found throughout North American habitats, according to the National Audubon Society, and are “aggressive” hunters.

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