screech owl on fence

screech owl on fencePHOTO: Young screech owl caught in fence. Credit: Kerry Gowan.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Police responded to a call at 6:50 a.m. today about a screech owl caught on a picket fence on E. Highland Avenue, according to Sgt. Thomas Stone.  

Police contacted Animal Control officer, Kerry Gowan, who removed the bird and transported it to Red Bank Veteranary Hospital with the assistance of her daughter, Carly Gowan.

The month-old male screech owl was examined by wildlife veteranary technician Angela Cornacchia.


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Hoping to reunite the owlet with its mother, Gowan called on the volunteers of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department to help search some of the surrounding trees for a nest.  

carly gowan screech owlPHOTO: Young screech owl being held by Carly Gowan. Credit: Kerry Gowan.

Officer Gowan said, “Carly and I took it to RBVH to see my wildlife Vet Tech to check for injuries. They released him back to me and we went back to search for Mom siblings or nest and we came up with nothing.”

The Atlantic Highlands Fire Department used its ladder truck to look for the owls nest among the trees but found no signs among the hollow openings.

The owl was taken to a wildlife rehabiliator who will care for it and release it back into the wild.

Kerry Gowan thanked, AHFD Chief Pat McGraner, and volunteers Jimmy Phillips, Rich Glietz, Tim Gaffey, and her daughter Carly Gowan, for helping with the rescue.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...