Barnstable County

Harwich heron rescued after becoming stuck in fishing line

HARWICH, Mass. — A Night Heron became trapped in fishing line on Tuesday afternoon and were it not for an alert good Samaritan, this story may have turned out differently.

The good Samaritan, Gerry, was out enjoying a walk when he noticed the bird stuck in a tree, according to Harwich Animal Control. The heron had fishing line wrapped around its leg and the line got tangled in a tree branch.

Gerry quickly called authorities to try and aid the troubled bird. Karen, a volunteer from Wild Care Cape Cod, held a stick up to prevent the Night Heron from damaging its wing even further. The Assistant Harbormaster, Heinz, cut the fishing line while a Harwich Animal Control Officer caught the heron and safely wrapped it in a towel.

The bird was transported to Wild Care in Eastham to be evaluated and treated for its injuries, according to wildlife officials.

Harwich Animal Control would like to remind residents to be responsible and properly dispose of all fishing equipment, including fishing lines and hooks.

UPDATE: I spoke with Wild Care Cape Cod this morning and they advised that the Night Heron looked good upon exam...

Posted by Harwich Animal Control on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

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