West Newbury Police officers rescued an injured bald eagle stranded near a riverbank on Sunday afternoon.
In a news release on Monday, police said they had received information about an injured bald eagle on the banks of the Merrimack River on River Road on Sunday.
Responding officers found the eagle in a brush-covered area along the river and requested assistance from animal control officer Kayla Proventure, police said. Dispatcher Bob Pearce also had experience with injured eagles, so he reacted to the scene as well.
Proventure said in the release that eagles are excellent swimmers and are fast on their feet, so one of the biggest challenges was making sure that the eagles did not get scared and run into the river. She said it was unlikely they would be able to and help make it happen.
Pierce began descending into the river to prevent the eagle from escaping in that direction, while Proventure captured the bird using a long net and some blankets and towels, the release said.
Then, wearing thick gloves and taking precautions to protect themselves from the eagle’s sharp claws and beak, Pierce and Proventure worked to pull the eagle out of the net and into the animal’s crate without injury, the release said. has gone.
“At one point, he grabbed my gloves with his hand and I could feel the pressure,” Proventure said. “I just couldn’t hold my hand, so I had to wait for him to be released.”
Despite the challenges, Proventure and Pierce secured the bald eagle in a large animal crate and took it to a local wildlife rehabilitation center, the release said. The center later transferred Eagle to Tufts University Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in Grafton for treatment.
“We respond to a variety of emergencies in West Newbury, and I am proud of the teamwork displayed during this complex call,” Police Chief Michael Dwyer said in the release.
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