Assigned to Colorado's Moffat Tunnel, located about 50 miles west of Denver, Union Pacific Manager of Electrical Maintenance Kenny Dunn typically sees wildlife off in the distance. That is, until recently, when he came face to face with a great horned owl.
Dunn responded after Locomotive Engineer Pat Sims spotted the owl in the tunnel while passing through en route to Bond, Colorado. "When I approached her, she lifted her wings and leg in defense, but she was too tired," Dunn said. "I think she'd probably been in there a couple of days."
Dunn wrapped the owl, which he affectionately named Ms. Moffat, in a blanket and took her out of the tunnel. He gently placed her in a box and contacted the Gilpin County Sheriff's Department, which referred him to the Birds of Prey Foundation, a rehabilitation organization for raptors and other species.
Ms. Moffat is recovering in one of the organization's large flight enclosures and Sims has paid her a visit. While a specific release date cannot be predicted, the owl likely will be released within the next few months.