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A rescue for the birds: Team effort frees entangled osprey near Terrebonne

Raptor rescue RFD 817-1
Redmond Fire & Rescue
Rescuers freed a fledgling osprey from a tangle of nesting materials on Monday
Raptor rescue RFD 817-2
Redmond Fire & Rescue
Central Electric Cooperative crew helped in team effort to free young osprey entangled in nesting materials

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A team effort by several public and private entities on Monday helped free a fledgling osprey that became severely entangled in its nesting materials north of Terrebonne after Sunday’s thunderstorms, officials said.

Redmond Fire & Rescue was called in by Oregon State Police and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to assist in the rescue, fire Captain Ken Brown said.

OSP was notified of the osprey’s plight by a passerby who stopped at the Crooked River Gorge overlook at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint along Highway 97 north of Terrebonne, Brown said.

As soon as the trooper arrived, he called for help. ODFW was first to arrive, followed by Redmond firefighters and Central Electric Cooperative.

Using a double-bucket service truck, CEC workers were easily able to rescue the osprey, free it from the tangled mess of nesting materials and bring it to the ground – all while the bird’s parents circled close overhead to keep watch on their offspring, Brown said.

ODFW and Redmond Fire crews then cut away to the remaining twine to remove what had bound the bird.

The raptor was taken by ODFW to a waiting veterinarian at a Bend clinic, Brown said. They planned to check the bird for injuries, provide rehabilitation if needed and return it to its nest within 48 hours, “barring any significant injuries or ailments,” the fire captain said.

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  1. Good job everyone but drat that wretched baling is bad news in the environment and in a horse’s belly !
    Though I once saw a fledgling song-bird that was trapped in its nest by a long piece of horse tail hair that had wrapped around its foot. )-:

    1. Yea that polypropylene baling twine is awful. Maybe it doesn’t rot or rust like the old rope or wire, but that’s the problem. Then it breaks down into just the fibers, which stay around forever; contaminates wool, etc.

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