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Once-injured owl released back into northern Arizona wilderness

(Photo: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office)

PHOENIX — The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has released an owl back in the wild after it was found trapped in a barbed wire fence several months ago.

According to a press release, the department said it returned a Great Horned Owl to a remote area of Seligman, Arizona, a northern town that is about 75 miles west of Flagstaff.

The owl was originally found on Sept. 7 by Deputy Ted Bumstead. Bumstead was patrolling in the Ash Fork area when he noticed the owl was trapped in a barbed wire fence.

Bumstead then approached the owl and saw that part of its right wing was wrapped completely around all four barbs of the fence.

Luckily, Bumstead had prior experience with handling birds of prey and was able to remove it without further injury, the department said.

Bumstead quickly determined that the owl would not be able to fly and would need to go through rehabilitation.

The owl was then delivered to the Arizona Game and Fish Department before being sent to Liberty Wildlife in Phoenix for several months of treatment and rehabilitation.

Once the owl was nursed back to health, Bumstead then helped the Arizona Game and Fish Department release it back into the wild.

Great Horned Owls are among the most widespread species of owls and can be found all over the United States and most of Canada. They can usually be found in the south during the fall and winter times.

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