On Saturday, July 9, Garrison resident Suzie Gilbert, wild bird rehabilitator and author, was visiting a friend in Beacon when she noticed a Facebook post from Julian Paik about an owl tangled in a soccer net at Beacon High School.
She immediately went to the field to assist the Beacon Police Department officers O’Connor, Confield, and Durkin in their response.
“When I arrived, the owl had been cut loose but the net was still tightly tangled around him,” she said. “This was a strong, healthy Great Horned Owl and not in a good mood, so it was wise they waited for me! I held him with gloves while Officer Durkin cut the remaining ropes. The owl was not injured, so we left him in the long grass at the base of a big tree, so he could hide and rest until nightfall. You don’t want owls flying away during the day, they’ll be attacked by songbirds and crows. It was a great group effort.”