TYPE OF BIRD: Great-horned owl (Bubo virginianus).
WHEN RESCUED: June 12.
WHAT HAPPENED: A great-horned owl, from Haines, was accepted by volunteers at the Juneau Raptor Center. The bird was very subdued; not typical great-horned owl behavior.
INJURIES: The bird was able to perch, but it was obvious he had a left wing droop which may have indicated a fracture. X-rays revealed no broken bones. Examination on the underside of the left wing revealed two open wounds with dried blood.
CARE: The area was debrided (cleaned, old feathers removed) and Neosporin ointment applied. The owl was given nourishment via tube feeding and rehydrated via subcutaneous fluids. It was also given pain medication and began a seven day course of injectable antibiotic. The owl was offered liver and initially was force-fed. The bird also began to show more dislike for humans (hissing and clacking) and now is eating on its own. It’s anticipated that feathers will regrow.
RELEASE: The bird’s prognosis is not known at this time. Check the website (below) for updates.
MORE ABOUT THE GREAT-HORNED OWL: “Found from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest, from the desert to suburban backyards, the Great Horned Owl is one of the most widespread and common owls in North America,” according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Additionally, the organization stated the great-horned owl is the only animal that regularly eats skunks.
• To report an injured bird call 907-790-5424. The Juneau Raptor Center is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that has served the community of Juneau since 1987. The center provides treatment and rehabilitation for injured wild birds from all over Southeast Alaska. The center also provides education about wildlife to the public. For more information, go online to juneauraptorcenter.org.