The woman's mother contacted the Game and Fish Department after the woman was trapped in the car, Hart said.
The agency suggested that she douse the owl with water. But the owl drank the water and kept its grip on the woman and steering wheel, Hart said.
"She's fortunate she wasn't hurt," Hart said. "We have instances ranging from people trying to aide a coyote hit by a car and down on the street only to be bitten, to people separating young wildlife from their mothers in the mistaken notion that a mother has abandoned the small animal."
The owl eventually let go on its own and hopped out of the car, appearing to be in good health, Hart said. The woman's mother saw the owl again Tuesday in the same general area, Hart said.