Barred Owl Gets Stuck In Fireplace After Going Down Chimney – CBS Miami
BOLTON (CBS) – A barred owl stuck in a home chimney needed help from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife earlier this month. The owl likely found its way down the chimney and couldn’t escape, according to a Facebook post from Mass. Wildlife.
Fortunately, our Central District Manager, Todd Olanyk, was able to help by carefully removing the owl from the chimney and examining it for injuries before it was released outside, where it quickly flew away, the post said.
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The department believes the owl climbed the chimney because the bird tends to lay its eggs in an existing burrow rather than building a nest. From February to May, barred owls will look for a hollow tree or a hawk or squirrel’s nest to use as their own.
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They also recommend homeowners put a metal cap with a strainer on chimneys to keep wildlife out.