DEER TRAIL, Colo. (CBS4) – A great horned owl recovers after getting caught in a barbed wire fence near Deer Trail on Tuesday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers responded to help rescue the animal.

Officers say the owl was chasing a skunk. Part of its wing was tangled in the wire.

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An officer tried to free it, and eventually had to cut some of the wire so he could place the owl in a carrier.

(credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Officers say Metro Wastewater Reclamation District employees found the bird and reported it.

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The owl was taken to the Birds of Prey Foundation for diagnosis and recovery. They say there is concern for its tendon where the wing was caught.

(credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

They say it smelled of skunk, and great horned owls do not have a sense of smell.

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CPW offered suggestions on fencing with wildlife in mind.

Danielle Chavira