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Owl traps Oracle woman in her car

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ORO VALLEY - An Oracle woman got a pretty good scare after she hit an owl with her car driving home from work Monday night. 

After hitting the owl, Ryly Sawyer tells News 4 Tucson she was scared and in a daze, with no idea what to do. 

Minutes later, she picked the animal up and put it in her car but experts say that wasn't the right move. 

"I was completely devastated," Sawyer said. I pulled over to the side of the road immediately. I called my mom crying, 'what do I do like I just hit an owl.' 

When she got out of her car and picked up the owl lying in the middle of the road, she believed it was dead. 

She placed it in her car. 

"And then he grabs onto my steering wheel and I was like oh my god, he's alive." 

Alive and its talons very much working, the owl gripped onto to both Sawyer's steering wheel and her sleeve, trapping her in the car.

Sawyer called the Arizona Game and Fish Department. 

"We tried water, specifically splashing it with a little water, that didn't work," Game and Fish spokesman Mark Hart said. "Then we doused it with water and the owl went out of the car." 

Hart said there's a message he wants the community to understand.

"We all want to be Good Samaritans and help things that are injured, but when you're doing it with wildlife you risk hurting yourself or the animal," Hart said. 

"I just did what I thought was right in the moment, Sawyer said. "It was less of a think about it and more of a do it situation." 

Sawyer nor the owl was injured. 

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