Wareham Department of Natural Resources, Onset Fire Rescue rescue entangled osprey

Aug 06, 2017
Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources Officials rescued this osprey after it became entangled in a tree Saturday night in Onset.

Wareham Department of Natural Resource officers and Onset firefighters rescued an osprey whose talons became tangled in a wire high in a tree.

Department of Natural Resource Officer Michael McGuire made the rescue soon after 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 in firefighter gear and a safety harness borrowed from Onset Fire Rescue. Onset Firefighter Taylor Nelson followed McGuire with a blanket up the department’s ladder truck to the entangled bird as it was trapped 60 feet above the ground. The osprey was then wrapped in the blanket and safely removed from the tree, officials said.

Once the osprey was brought down, Department of Natural Resource and Wareham Police Officers worked together to untangle the rest of the line wrapped around the bird’s talons.

Officials said the bird was uninjured, but exhausted from the ordeal. It was held overnight for observation and then released Aug. 6.

According to a post on the Department of Natural Resources Facebook page, “the osprey was returned to Onset Beach where she is again soaring over Onset Bay!”

The Department of Natural Resources offered thanks to Onset Fire Rescue, the Wareham Police Department and “neighbors for calling in the osprey in distress!” after the rescue.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Stargirl | Aug 07, 2017 12:32

Thank you to whoever called this in! Because you were so observant and noticed this bird in distress, his life was saved. This story could have had a very different ending (and not in a good way). Thanks also to our Dept. of Natural Resources and Fire and Rescue for rescuing this osprey.

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