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Owl rescued in downtown Duluth doesn't survive

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A long-eared owl that was injured after slamming into a window in downtown Duluth and was rescued by firefighters didn't make it overnight.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the owl flew into a second-story window of the Wieland Building Monday morning and landed on the window ledge, where the fire department was able to recover it.

The bird suffered head injuries from the crash and was transported to Wildwoods, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization in Duluth, where it died.

Wildwoods had intended to send the owl to the Raptor Center in St. Paul.

According to the Raptor Center's website, the long-eared owl is not a common patient.

The bird is stressed easily in captivity and can sometimes leads to death, the center says.

Earlier this year in Duluth, more than 30 Bohemian waxwings were killed after flying into tinted glass partitions at Minnesota Power.

According to the American Bird Conservancy and New York City Audubon Society, “hundreds of millions or more” birds in the United States are killed each year after colliding with glass.

Solutions include using patterned window films, internal shades and blinds, decals, etc.

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