For the second year in a row, Washington State is playing host to a remarkable group of visitors from the North. A number of Snowy Owls have once again made the trek down from the arctic to winter along our coast. We began receiving calls about sightings of the birds in early November, and we assumed it was only a matter of time before one arrived at the PAWS Wildlife Center for care. On December 11, that assumption proved to be correct as a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement agent brought us an injured Snowy Owl that was found in Monroe, WA.
Some swelling is present in the owl’s left wing, but no fractures were evident on her X-rays. She is very thin and weak. For now, she has been prescribed cage rest while her injured wing heals, and she is also being treated for intestinal parasites.