Look at this hero! DEC officer rescues falcon stuck on picnic table
Not all heroes wear a cape… This one works for the DEC.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation received a call earlier this month about a falcon in distress. Without hesitation, Environmental Protection Officer (ECO) Fonda went to help as fast as he could.
ECO Fonda drove west to the town of Carlton in Orleans County. There he found a young red-tailed hawk that had tripped over a picnic table. The bird was stuck and in distress after struggling to break free.
Agent Fonda was able to free the falcon safely and release it back into the forest unharmed. Interestingly, this isn’t the only red-tailed hawk rescued this week.
The day after the Orleans County rescue, ECOs were called to Suffolk County to rescue another falcon in distress. ECO DeRose drove to the scene to find a red-tailed hawk blocking the roadway. The bird tried to take off and leave the road, but could not take off.
ECO DeRose intervened and managed to save the falcon. He then took the bird to a wildlife rehabilitator for examination. According to the doctor, the falcon suffered a cut under one of its wings, likely after being hit by a car.
Fortunately, there were no broken bones, so the doctor was able to clean the falcon and close his laceration. The bird is still with the rehabilitation clinic for close observation.
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