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Team Effort: Barred owl tangled in fishing line rescued in Warwick

A barred owl that was tangled in fishing line and hanging from a tree in Warwick is now safe. (Photo courtesy of The Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island)

A barred owl that was tangled in fishing line and hanging from a tree in Warwick is now safe.

The Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island said it’s all thanks to a helpful citizen, along with Animal Control and the Warwick Fire Department.

While a post on the organization’s Facebook page noted that Animal Control Officer Amy Violett immediately arrived at the scene, she realized she needed more help.

“The owl was suspended more than 20 feet in the air and we knew we weren't going to be able to get him down without additional assistance,” the post read. “It is unknown how long the bird had been hanging there but given that they are nocturnal, it's likely that he'd been there for some time.”

Violett then called police, who contacted fire officials.

“The Fire Department responded right away, got a ladder up to the owl and was able to cut him loose and bring him back down to earth,” according to the post, adding that Animal Control Officer Heather Razza took the bird to the Wildlife Clinic. “Upon examination, it appeared that, amazingly, he suffered no significant injuries, just a little feather damage. We'll need to flight test him to make sure those feathers are still functional but all in all he should make a complete recovery from his ordeal!”

The clinic went on to praise Violett and Razza, saying that “Warwick is lucky enough to have some of the best Animal Control Officers in RI.”

The organization also thanked the city’s police and fire departments for their efforts.

“It really takes a team and these folks were today's heroes,” the post read.

The Warwick Police Department posted about the rescue, as well, adding that Animal Control Officer Eric Brewster helped, too, while Arianna Mouradjian, who is the director of the clinic, also assisted.

Police also said the owl had a ball of fishing line tangled around one wing.

“Next time, give a hoot and don't pollute,” police wrote.

A video on the department's Facebook page shows the rescue.

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