An owl that was discovered in Oelwein Wednesday (June 19), is being cared for at a local animal sanctuary.


The young, Barred Owl was found by an Oelwein resident, and appeared to need some TLC. It apparently had no signs of injury, and was left in a tree it had climbed.

Authorities called Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation and Sanctuary, or "WARS" located in rural Independence, and is operated by local resident Tracy Belle.

The agency is a non-profit organization, and is state and federally licensed to operate as a wildlife rehabilitation facility, as well as a state licensed animal shelter.

The organization employs volunteers, and relies mostly on donations for financial support.