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.