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UPDATE: Screech Owl dies after being rescued by a Washington Twp police officer

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Morris County) – Despite quick efforts from a Washington Twp police officer, a Screech Owl that was rescued from the roadway Thursday morning couldn’t be saved.

Officer Cory Lee responded at 8:29 a.m. to the area of Naughright Road and Hemlock Drive for a report of an injured animal. Lee located the injured Owl in the roadway and determined it was alive but it need immediate medical attention, police said.

Christopher Soucy, Director of The Raptor Trust said Friday, “The owl had to be euthanized due to multiple compound fractures and blood in its left eye.”

The owl was transported by Animal Control to The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ to provide medical attention.

“Zero chance it would be released back into the wild due to the severe injuries,” Soucy said.

Screech Owls are the most common owls in New Jersey. They fly low to the ground to look for their prey and don’t get much height when they’re flying.

“From the injuries the owl sustained, it most likely was ran over by a vehicle,” Soucy said.

According to Soucy, “Friday morning another screech owl was injured in White House Station, N.J. The owl apparently ran into a window and appeared to have suffered a concussion. The owl should make a full recovery and will then be released back into the wild.”

The Raptor Trust receives 5,000 birds, of all species, a year. About half of those birds are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. More information on The Raptor Trust call them at 908-647-2353.

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By: Jay Edwards
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