Police rescue injured owl on busy Md. highway

Spokeswoman Candy Thomson said the owl was seen struggling between the left-hand lane and the median

By Phil Davis
The Capital, Annapolis, Md.

HANOVER, Md. — An injured owl was rescued by police officers on a busy highway in Hanover on Wednesday during the morning rush hour, police said.

Maryland Natural Resources Police wrote on social media that Cpl. Michael Lathroum was assisted by an Anne Arundel County police detective in rescuing a barred owl on Route 100 at Route 10 “during (Wednesday) morning’s rush hour.”

Spokeswoman Candy Thomson said Natural Resources Police received a call of a wounded owl at 7:51 a.m.

She said the owl was hit in the slow lane of Route 100 and was seen struggling between the left-hand lane and the median.

Lathroum, an Anne Arundel native who trains other officers on how to handle dangerous and poisonous animals, was in the area and responded to the call, she said.

Once he arrived, he threw his coat over the 18-inch female barred owl, while Anne Arundel police Cpl. Heather Schronce flashed her lights to keep traffic away from Lathroum, Thomson said.

Thomson said despite the fact the owl resisted — pecking at Lathroum and wounding his hand — he secured the animal and took it to be rehabilitated.

The department wrote the owl was pulled to safety and is “feisty and feeling better at Frisky’s Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary in Howard County.” The owl is in an enclosure with two other recovering owls.

Researchers with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrote in 2014 that anywhere between 89 million and 340 million birds are killed by cars each year in the United States.

“Nonetheless, the large magnitude of bird mortality caused by vehicle collisions combined with evidence that collisions can contribute to local population declines for some species highlights the need for implementation of conservation and management actions to reduce this mortality,” researchers wrote.

©2018 The Capital (Annapolis, Md.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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