Owl rescued from car grill in western Wisconsin

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

An owl survived a night stuck in the grill of a car in western Wisconsin before wildlife officials rescued it. 

On Sept. 23, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received a call from a driver in Trempealeau County who had struck an owl while driving on a local road the night before, according to a news release. The bird was jammed into the front end of his vehicle. 

The driver believed the bird was dead and decided to handle the “aftermath” in the morning. 

When the driver went to his vehicle in the morning, he discovered the owl was alive and called the DNR for help. 

DNR Warden Meghan Jensen responded. The two of them worked to free the owl from the grill. 

“The owl was stuck! Just the wing and head were sticking out of the grill,” Jensen said. “The rest of its body was lodged in tight.” 

The DNR said the owl appeared uninjured. Jensen took the bird to the humane society, then released it back into the woods near where the incident had occurred.