Owl rescued from car grill in Trempealeau County

Trempealeau County (WQOW) – A once-in-a-lifetime call for a local DNR warden has a happy ending – an owl survived after being hit by a car in Trempealeau County.

According to the DNR, Trempealeau County Warden Meghan Jensen got a call the morning of September 23 from a driver who believed he had killed an owl while traveling a local road the night before. He believed the bird was dead, after getting jammed into his vehicle’s front end. He decided he would handle the aftermath in the morning.

When the man went to his car the next morning, he discovered the owl was not dead. So, he called the DNR. That’s when Jensen came to the rescue.

“The owl was stuck. Just the wings and head were sticking out of the grill,” she said. “The rest of its body was lodged in tight.”

Jensen and the driver worked carefully and freed the owl from the grill, uninjured.

To be sure, Jensen took the bird to the Coulee Region Humane Society for a checkout. She then drove the owl to the wooded area in the general vicinity of the incident the night before, and successfully released it back into its wild home.

Photo courtesy of Meghan Jensen/WI DNR

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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