What would you do if you came across an injured hawk or owl? Most people don't know the proper care and handling instructions and can end up hurting themselves or the bird accidentally.
First, you will want to protect yourself by wearing gloves and covering the bird with a towel or blanket. Remember these birds are wild - they don't know you are trying to help. A cardboard box with air holes can be used as a temporary container to move the bird to safety. Don't try to pet it or feed it. Once contained, move it somewhere warm, dark and quiet. Then call a licensed rehabilitation group such as Sky Hunters (619-985-9686) immediately.