Great horned owl rescued in Kalispell


KALISPELL, Mont. - Mark Machosky was driving down West Valley Drive in Kalispell on Sunday, when he noticed an injured great horned owl in the road.

"As I'm driving along the dirt road, I see something in the center of the road and I slowed down to see what it was. To my surprise it was a great horned owl and it turned and looked at me with its big yellow eyes, and I could tell he was injured right off the bat, so I wanted to see if I could try and help him or get him some help," said Machosky.

He went back the next day to find the bird still there. Machosky knew he had to do something. After placing a few calls and getting no reply, he decided to take the injured owl to Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center.

"It has a fracture in its right wing, in what we would call the wrist area," said Beth Watne, director of the center. "We will take it to the vet and have it x-rayed to see the extent of the injury."

Machosky is just happy that he was able to help save a part of nature.

"I think we're all part of the same thing here as far as the universe and nature goes. It's important for each and every one of us to do our part, to make sure to help out wildlife anytime we can," said Machosky.

The bird will be fed and rehydrated. A decision will be made at a later date as to whether the bird will be released back into the wild.

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