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First responders rescue hawk caught in fishing line in Washington Twp.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – First responders rescued a red-tailed hawk stuck in fishing line at Patriots Park Saturday afternoon.

A hiker had found a red-tailed hawk caught between two pieces of fishing line hanging between two trees. The hawk was caught on its wingtip with a fishing lure and on the foot with another piece of line, Long Valley First Aid Squad said in a Facebook post.

First responders worked out a plan to remove the hawk as safely as possible. Some ladder work, minor rope rigging, hand tools, battery operated reciprocating saws and an ingenious “flare on a pike pole”- (used to melt some hard to reach fishing line) were all used to release the injured hawk.

The Hawk was then given to a volunteer from The Raptor Trust with hopes of a speedy recovery.

Morris County Park Police Department, Long Valley Fire Company No.1, and Long Valley First Aid Squad Rescue Services assisted at the scene.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

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