Owl discovered along Columbiana County road being treated for virus

Barred owl, July 28, 2015
This owl, an approximately 10-month-old male was found on Grafton Road in Salem Township on Sunday and taken by Ohio Division of Wildlife Officer Jesse Janosik to the Birds in Flight Sanctuary in Warren. Heather Merritt, owner and director of the sanctuary, said the barred owl is suffering from a virus that has disabled its legs and it is being hand fed. She said the outcome will be known in a few days. (Contributed photo via The Morning Journal)

FRANKLIN SQUARE, Ohio (WKBN) – An owl discovered by two boys along Grafton Road in Salem Township on Sunday is being cared for at the Birds In Flight Sanctuary in Warren. WKBN news partner The Morning Journal says the barred owl, which is a protected but not endangered species, could not use its legs.

Ohio Division of Wildlife Officer Jesse Janosik estimates the bird is 10-months-old. He says they’ve gotten 10 calls on incapacitated owls this year.

Sanctuary Director Heather Merritt is treating the male owl for a virus and says if the bird continues to fight it, it should survive. There was no sign of injury such as being struck by a car.

The Sanctuary on Warwick SE in Warren treats as many as 1,200 animals from the wild for various issues each year. They have a website and Facebook page.

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