Raptor Center rescues injured Great Horned Owl in Isanti County

Stephen Taylor
Guest Writer

Rescuers from the University of Minnesota’s – Raptor Center visited rural Isanti County, Spring Lake, in North Branch Township June 3, in an effort to rescue an injured Great Horned Owl.

Terry Headley of the Raptor Center led the effort to capture and transport the injured bird of prey. Photos by Stephen Taylor

Terry Headley of the Raptor Center led the effort to capture and transport the injured bird of prey. Photos by Stephen Taylor

Spring Lake resident, Nick Taylor, discovered the injured bird and immediately notified the center’s emergency rescue hotline.

“Owls love to hunt in cemeteries and golf courses,” said Terry Headley, Raptor Center volunteer animal rescuer. “Other birds of prey don’t care to hunt there for some reason, so there is ample opportunity for food,” in reference to where Taylor located the large bird of prey.

The owl, which had suffered visible injuries to the left wing and left side of its body, was transported to the Raptor Center for further care and rehabilitation.

Established in 1974 as part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations.

The owl sustained trauma to its left wing and left side of its body. The bird was taken to the Raptor Center for further treatment and rehabilitation.

The owl sustained trauma to its left wing and left side of its body. The bird was taken to the Raptor Center for further treatment and rehabilitation.

An internationally renowned education facility, The Raptor Center trains veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation. In addition, The Raptor Center reaches more than 200,000 people annually through its unique public education programs and events. If you see a sick or injured bird of prey, call the Raptor Center at 612-624-4745.

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