Months after returning to wild, D.C. Snowy found dead along Minnesota highway

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2014 Updated Aug 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The rehabilitated snowy owl that garnered gobs of national media attention last winter after being hit by a bus in the nation's capitol has apparently died in Minnesota.

The owl, dubbed the D.C. Snowy, received extensive care at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center in March and April.

On April 19th he was returned to the wild near the Midwest Energy docks in Superior.

On Friday, however, the Raptor Center's website reported that the snowy owl's body had been recovered from the shoulder of a Minnesota highway, relatively near where he had been released months ago. He was identified by a bird band on his right leg.

While it's not known what caused his death, center spokespeople say they believe he may have been hit by a vehicle.

They add that urban hazards, like windshields and roadways, can pose threats to all types of wildlife.

Billy Wagness