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Woman stuck in car after trying to help owl near Tucson

Posted at 10:20 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 01:23:07-04

Arizona wildlife officials say a woman narrowly avoided injury after trying to rescue a hurt owl.

Arizona Game and Fish Department Tucson spokesman Mark Hart says the incident happened Monday night when the woman accidentally struck the owl with her car.

The woman then turned back to recover the owl, which appeared stunned or unconscious.

She put the bird in her car but it then became aggressive, latching one talon onto the steering wheel and the other onto the woman's sleeve.

Hart says the woman got on the phone with a Game and Fish dispatcher and tried different tactics for 20 minutes before splashing water at the owl got it to leave.

Hart says it's a good reminder that it's dangerous to approach even injured wildlife. Instead, call wildlife officials.