Animals doing their thing sometimes need rescuing, sometimes after getting tangled up with stuff people use to do their thing.
Jaw traps baited with deer parts meant to attract coyotes in Madison County instead captured a bald eagle, clamped on the wing and foot. Aided by the setter who was cited for illegally trapping on exposed flesh bait, an Ohio Wildlife Division officer freed and then transported the injured raptor to a rehabilitator.
A June storm in Ashland County blew a nest containing three young eagle chicks not ready to fly to the ground. Rescue, rehabilitation and extra growth time soon saw two birds flying successfully, while a third who injured his leg in the fall had to devote more time to flight training .
Investigating the cause of what a caller described as an explosion near power lines near Conneaut Creek, an Ashtabula County wildlife officer discovered an injured eagle, dazed and roughly pinned to the ground.
Three young orphan opossums along a road and an injured Cooper’s hawk behind a barn got free public transportation that same summer morning provided by a Licking County wildlife officer at the Ohio Wildlife Center. The initial prognosis for all four was positive.
A mother-child reunion was the almost instant result when a fawn stuck between a garage and a wooden fence in Franklin County was stripped away by a wildlife officer.
After a few months in rehab, a red-tailed hawk was released into Williams County by the driver of a vehicle that hit the bird in February and the wildlife officer called to the scene of the incident. wound.
Work on a parking lot in Tiffin got the go-ahead from the US Fish and Wildlife Service despite the presence of a 13-egg mallard nest. The Seneca County Wildlife Officer rescued the threat by catching the hen, collecting the eggs, and moving the caboodle to a safe nesting hut.
A trumpeter swam with an object stuck to his whistled beak before flying unharmed from a flooded field after being freed from the clutter by a Delaware County wildlife officer.
A carelessly laid fishing line snagged a wading great blue heron in the Mad River in Greene County. The lucky bird was caught by helpful kayakers and released to fly away by a wildlife officer.
A roughly motionless Canada gosling, entangled in a hook and wrapped in fishing line tangled in vegetation, quickly joined the flock on a reservoir in Crawford County after being hung up by a wildlife officer.
The garter snake curled up in the window well of a Montgomery County residence scared residents, who told the wildlife officer responsible for moving the harmless snake they had recently lived in an area infested with vipers poisonous.
A timber rattlesnake over 40 inches long crawling along a Vinton County driveway was apparently as welcome as an inebriated brother-in-law. The rare poisonous viper was released nearby after being captured and inspected by the relevant authorities.
A doe stuck on a frozen Muskingum River and unable to climb the steep, snow-covered bank has been pulled to safety by a wildlife officer with a rope and the courage to use it.
Workers who arrived in the morning noticed that a white-tailed deer that usually made a mess had become trapped inside a Mount Vernon office building after smashing a window overnight. The deer was helped out through an open door after the lights were turned off and access to the interior of the building was blocked with tables, chairs and trash cans.