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Founder and Executive Director

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The Wercs Ltd
23 British American Blvd
Latham , New York 12110
United States

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Sue Howell
Sue Howell Founder And Executive Director Sue Howell is the founder and Executive Director of W.E.R.C.. She has been actively involved in wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education for over thirty years. Sue is a member of NWRA
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An adult female owl was discovered by a concerned citizen June 20 on a residential driveway between Second and Fourth streets on Rosanna Street in central Gilroy, according WERC Executive Director Sue Howell.
An initial examination and X-ray indicated the bones and primary feathers below the wrist of the left wing were "most likely" intentionally removed, says Howell. The procedure is called "pinioning," she said, and essentially handicaps the bird by rendering it incapable of flight.
Howell has never seen pinioning of a barn owl, but she believes the creature's wing was deliberately crippled.
"If it was left out in the wild, it would have died," she says.
According to Howell, pinioning is often performed on waterfowl or poultry. She says it prevents birds from flying away.
During the procedure, "the bird is not anesthetized," says Howell. "They just cut if off."
Howell says the rest of its body feathers were in very good shape when the owl was discovered, indicating the animal had been in captivity. The lack of bleeding or infection around the wing area confirmed suspicions that mutilation was not caused by accident, she explains.
"We have all these other barn owls getting ready for release," she said Tuesday over the phone. "And then you have this one that is beautiful, but has to remain in captivity for what somebody did just to have a pet ... it's such a hard case. It's very emotional."
Whereas clipped feathers grow back, Howell points out pinioning is permanent and will "doom" birds of prey.
With the exception of zoos or rescue organizations who possess special permits, Howell reminds the public that barn owls are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The legislation was passed in 1918 and prohibits ownership of certain species of migratory birds.
Howell initially contacted all South County veterinarians in June to see if anyone had recently performed a "pinioning" procedure, or knew of anyone who had. This yielded no information, she said.
Howell also contacted the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
"They checked their records, and no permits have been issued at all to anybody in the area for a barn owl," she said.
Underscoring the Garlic Festival as "important to the community," Howell did not want to "dampen" a happy time of the year for Gilroyans with sad news, which is why she waited to file a report with the Gilroy Police Department and notify the media.
Howell says she is concerned whoever maimed the flightless owl is a repeat offender, capable of striking again.
"Say the owl escaped, they might go for another one," Howell said. "Hopefully we can find out who did this."
The bird has not been named, and its age is unknown. Howell confirms the bird is in good health and will not be euthanized.
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"It's such a sad situation," said Sue Howell, the executive director of WERC.
Fortunately, the lone survivor is doing fine and eating all his mice, Howell said. He will be released into the wild after several months of recovery.
In addition to the city's administrative review, a special agent from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct an independent investigation of the incident.
"This isn't just Gilroy," Howell said.
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Following initial treatment, the eagle was brought to W.E.R.C. for further care, and according to Sue Howell, Executive Director, "It looks like the secondary injury to the affected area was caused by a golf ball, because of size and markings of the 'divot' in the eagle's joint."
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