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    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Conservation police to the rescue, save fox, hawk

    The state's Environmental Conservation Police rescued a fox stuck in an old car tire and a hawk trapped in a fishing lure this weekend, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

    In the first of two calls, conservation officers responded to an area in the northwestern part of the state where a fox had gotten its head caught in the center of a tire, likely while chasing a small rodent, the agency wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.

    "With the help from the homeowners and a little baby oil, our wardens were able to safely free Mr. Fox," DEEP officials wrote, adding the fox ran into the grass unharmed after being released.

    Later, conservation officers responded to Mill Park Pond in Newington after receiving a call from local law enforcement about an injured Cooper's hawk, a medium-sized bird of prey.

    "Due to the personal connections our Wardens have with the local Officers in their areas, they took a call before it came into dispatch and were able to quickly respond to give this Cooper's hawk the best chance of survival," officials wrote in the post.

    The bird had somehow become caught on a fishing lure that was also entangled in a tree branch hanging over the pond. To rescue the critter, an animal warden waded into the shallow water, cut the tree branch and removed the lure off the bird's wing, according to DEEP.

    DEEP officials said the bird will be sent to a veterinarian on Monday to remove a fishing hook embedded in its wing. The animal, which is expected to make a full recovery, will also be sent to Christine's Critters, a Weston-based nonprofit that rehabilitates injured birds of prey.

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