Great horned owl trapped in holiday lights is released to the wild

An owl found tangled in holiday lights in Piedmont, Calif., was treated at a wildlife hospital and released (Lindsay Wildlife Experience via Bay City News)

A great horned owl was found with its feet tangled in holiday lights in Piedmont and was treated at a wildlife hospital in Walnut Creek before being released. According to a Piedmont Police Department post on social media, a USPS carrier alerted police officers to the entangled owl on Dec. 27.

From the Piedmont Police Department Facebook page on Dec. 28

The Lindsay Wildlife Experience this week shared photos of the owl that came to its hospital for a brief stay after being found tangled in the lights.

“With the exception of being muddy and wet from the rain, the owl was fortunately not injured and was returned to the wild the very next day,” Lindsay Wildlife officials said.

Animal experts advise people to make sure outdoor holiday lighting is secured and at least 6 feet off the ground, and that they shouldn’t string lights across open spaces in their yards or on trees and bushes where animals live.

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