We don’t usually see injured or orphaned baby raptors until early to mid-April. But this year, they started coming into MRCC early.
On March 6, MRCC rescued a fledgling Great Horned Owl (GHOW 19-15 ) that was found lying in a field near Billings — with no nest in sight. She was already half the size of an adult. The young owl was suffering from a severe condition called frounce (Trichomonas gallinae).
This infection formed lesions at the back of her mouth and throat. The swelling caused drainage from her nares and eyes, making it very hard for her to eat. All West Vet surgically removed the lesions and we put her on an anti-fungal treatment.
Today, she is as large as the adults and is well on her way to recovery.
NOTE: Although we didn’t put it in our official count, we did help out with 5 fledgling owls that were born in a very large warehouse. We worked with FWP in Billings and they relocated the birds outside.The parents will follow and continue to feed them.