This great horned owl was brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation Rescue Center by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on January 3, 2017 after it was found near Delta Utah.
UDWR was very suspicious of the circumstances concerning this owl as it was found near a half a dozen dead doves and another dead owl missing its wing. Suspicions were it may have been shot.
Upon close inspection by Martin Tyner, wildlife rehabilitator at the SWF, he could find no lead pellets in the owl, but did discover several small holes. This owl was fortunate that it has recovered from its injuries and was able to be released today at the Parowan Gap, in Iron County Utah, by Jerri Frehner where about 30 people gathered to watch its release and hear its story.