Carlos Arellano, a Groundsworker with Public Works, was conducting a park check at Alto Field early one August morning when he was startled by an animal sound coming from the center of the playfield. Upon closer inspection, Carlos saw a large owl caught in a portable soccer net. The owl was tightly bound with a line around his throat. Carlos called supervisors Tony Boyd and Denise Andrews and together, the three cut the owl free.
The young male owl, once freed, still could not fly. The Public Works team captured the owl carefully and called Marin Humane, an animal shelter and advocacy organization in Novato, who showed up within minutes. They transferred the owl to WildCare in San Rafael, a wild animal rescue and education organization, who called in an owl expert to assess the condition of the owl.
We have contacted Wilcare to receive an update on the owl, and they reported that he did very well in care and was released back to the Open Space area behind the soccer field on September 10.