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An example of a barred owl. This photo was taken in Epping, N.H., in March 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)

A news release from the town of Grantham:

Key Info Would Help Get Owl Back Home

During the week of October 9, a barred owl was struck by a motorist in Grantham. These accidents can happen easily when owls are hunting mice and voles in the clear area offered by roads. They are a more frequent occurrence in winters with deep snow that makes hunting more difficult for owls.

The motorist and his wife did the best thing possible at the time of the accident. They stopped, discovered the owl was still alive, and took it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. In this case, the couple brought it to the emergency veterinary clinic in Lebanon, which relayed it to rehabilitator Catherine Greenleaf in Lyme. THANK YOU!

The owl’s prognosis is good and it will be released in Grantham in the near future. Returning it to the vicinity of the accident would be ideal, but we don’t know where the owl was hit. The couple who brought the owl to Lebanon was understandably upset, and provided neither their contact information nor location where the owl was struck.

The owl is a first year juvenile, so it was probably just establishing its territory (1.5 sq. miles on average). Returning it to that area will increase the likelihood that this bird will survive, nest, and reproduce in Grantham, providing natural pest control and a beautiful sight for viewers.

If you are – or know – the couple who struck AND RESCUED this owl, please contact me at (603) 289-3348 with the location where it belongs. This is NOT an attempt to collect any costs or impose any other liability—we just need a location for the bird’s release. You can provide this anonymously if my assurance isn’t enough (dial *67 ahead of the phone number).

Please note that the release of this bird will not be a public event, as crowds increase stress to wildlife. I’ll share some photo and/or video updates of the release when it occurs, however. You can learn more about barred owls here.

Thank you, and please do not hesitate to contact me anytime I may be of assistance.



Sheridan Brown
Bird Enthusiast … and Chairman, Grantham Board of Selectmen